Allergy immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots or allergy injections, is a form of therapy for allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma and stinging insect allergy. When these injections are repeated, the body builds resistance or “immunity” to the allergen. Many carefully performed studies have shown that immunotherapy decreases allergic symptoms. The goal of immunotherapy is to improve the allergy condition and minimize the need for medications. Often, symptoms will completely resolve and medication usage becomes minimal or unnecessary. Progression of allergic rhinitis to asthma may be prevented.
Duration of immunotherapy is three to five years, providing that improvement can be demonstrated after one year. Improvement can begin even after several weeks, but full improvement may require a year.
Important Things to Know When Beginning Allergy Shots will help you understand the various points you will want to know if you are considering a course of Allergy Immunotherapy.
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