Have you experienced asthma or other allergy attacks before? If this is so, then you know the essence of making sure that you are well aware of your surroundings to avoid a serious allergy attack. Getting allergen immunotherapy injections is one way to go. Allergen immunotherapy injections (allergy shots) are a treatment for patients with an allergic runny nose, asthma or life threatening insect stings. It is a very renowned treatment with around 85% of patients responding well to it. The injections contain natural proteins that are located in allergens. The root cause of the allergy can be handled efficiently using the allergy shots. Allergy shots are meant specifically for those with allergic symptoms that can’t be handled with a change of environment or meds.
Allergen immunotherapy injections are meant to keep serious allergic reactions at bay. Therefore they will tend to turn down the reactions that are involved in your allergic attacks. This then means that ultimately you will need less medication since allergic symptoms will be fewer. Of great importance at this level is your schedule of taking these allergy shots. Avoid cases where you go for long periods without taking your shots. If already some weeks or months have gone by, engage your allergist as a change of dose is necessary.
Now, you may be seated there feeling as if you will be getting allergy shots for the rest of your life. So the question is how long do you have to keep getting these allergen immunotherapy injections? The answer to this is relative as the shots are done in 2 phases. The first phase is called the build-up phase. In the build-up phase, you are given a low dose shot which is gradually increased over time. This phase is slated to last between half a year and ten months. Once you get to the effective therapeutic dose, you will enter the maintenance phase which lasts form three to five years. At this time, you will be getting your injections less often.
Allergy shots also have side-effects. The most common reactions are local reactions such as redness and swelling. Taking anti-allergens may be necessary for dealing with this. If you feel as if the effects have gone beyond 24 hrs., then please do contact your allergy specialist. Other effects involve the whole body and are called systemic reactions. Some common signs of systemic reactions include lightheadedness, coughing, wheezing, flushing, chest tightness, etc.
Lastly, if you have a new medical status, get pregnant or start some new meds, inform your allergy doctor for further advice.