What are allergy shots and how do they work?

hello i'm dr. scott and i'm dr. varus we

care for algae announcement patients at

Via Christi Clinic we would like to take

a moment to discuss a topic with which

many people in this area are quite

familiar current statistics estimate

that up to 60 million people in America

are affected by allergic rhinitis a

condition more commonly known as hay

fever while many people find that

over-the-counter medications help

decrease symptoms prescription

medications such as nasal sprays are

often needed for those individuals who

continue to have symptoms despite using

these medications or even just want to

decrease their dependence on medication

algin in your therapy or algae shot

should be considered allergy shots are

the closest thing to a cure for

allergies that exists in contrast and

medications the shots work by altering

your immunity rather than just simply

treating the symptoms the treatment

involves injection of solutions that

contain a small amount of the things

that you're allergic to over time this

causes a decrease in the amount of

allergic antibody in your system this is

the antibody responsible for your

symptoms algin EEMA therapy is a

relatively safe therapy that was proved

me very helpful for many children and

adults suffering with allergies nearly

90% of patients report significant

improvements in their symptoms after

algae shots in our office before

treatment of allergic rhinitis begins

the specific allergic triggers are

determined this is usually done with a

relatively painless skin prick test and

skin testing can be performed on both

children and adults during the procedure

allergy samples are pricked or scratched

onto the skin surface using a plastic

testing device the testing does not

require injections or the use of needles

the results are available within 20

minutes if skin testing is not possible

or the tests are unclear a blood test

may be obtained the results are usually

available within one to two weeks

once the allergic triggers are

identified various treatment methods

including environmental changes

medications and possibly algae shots are


decision to begin allergy shots should

start with a sound understanding of the

course of therapy for each patient the

allergist carefully formulates a

custom-made allergy vaccine the allergy

solutions are then prepared in our

office by specially trained allergy

nurses the treatment starts with a

build-up phase in which the shots are

given once a week until a maintenance

dose is reach improvement and symptoms

may take six months or more but some

people have reported a noticeable change

even sooner once the build phase is

complete the injections are given once

every two or three weeks depending on

symptoms the therapy generally ends

after four to five years however the

best indicator of when to end is two

years after symptoms have resolved there

are a few other things you should know

about when considering allergy shots

first the chef's must be given in a

medical office under the supervision of

a doctor the injections should never be

given at home even if a family member is

a medical professional you should be

monitored in the office for 30 minutes

after the shot since most reactions

occur during this period this ensures

that any reaction you may have can be

addressed promptly the most common

reaction is local swelling redness or

itching at the injection site this is

easily managed with the application of

ice or perhaps an antihistamine

occasionally more systemic reactions may

occur which may range from mild itching

of the eyes nose or throat to more

serious symptoms like wheezing shortness

of breath hives or fainting and hiss

means breathing treatments and a drillin

may be required although allergy shots

are generally safe and effective they

are not for everyone there are

situations in which the risk of allergen

immunotherapy awaits the benefits for

example children or adults with poorly

controlled asthma should not be treated

with allergen immunotherapy because they

are at higher risk of having severe

reactions such as the one mentioned


with rare exception people taking a

certain class of blood pressure

medication called beta blockers should

not receive algae shots this type of

medication can make it difficult to

treat a severe reaction should one occur

so if you have high blood pressure or

are taking a beta blocker your primary

physician should change to a different

type of medicine before starting algae


another potential concern is pregnancy

women who are receiving allergen

immunotherapy and become pregnant

usually can continue therapy however new

patients who are pregnant should not be

started on shots because of the risk of

reactions during the build-up phase as

you can see there are several things to

be considered before starting algin amia

therapy the allergist thoroughly

considers the benefits and risk of this

treatment for each individual patient

but the final decision is a

collaborative one between you your

family the allergist and your primary

care doctor

although algin in the therapy involves a

long-term commitment most people find

that the treatment offers significant

relief from algae symptoms and helps

them live a more enjoyable life we hope

that you found this information useful

should you have further questions about

your allergies or even those of a family

member we would be more than happy to

speak to you