For those who suffer from allergies and are looking for long-term treatment of their condition, relief is available. The team at Allergy and Asthma Consultants in Atlanta, Cumming, Roswell, and Duluth, Georgia, provide allergy shots to their patients, helping them overcome their triggers and live life allergy-free. To learn more, call the nearest office or use the online scheduling tool today to schedule your first appointment.
If you suffer from allergies, you are probably familiar with the numerous medications, sprays, ointments, and eye drops that can help to alleviate symptoms while you are experiencing an allergic reaction. Although these treatments play an indispensable role in the management of allergies, allergy shots can help with the long-term management of the condition. Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, help to modify your body’s negative reaction to the allergen by gradually exposing your body to small amounts of the allergen over time.
Allergy shots may not be advisable for everyone. Allergy shots are generally recommended for those who have symptoms three or more months out of the year and who can’t find sufficient relief from medications. For these people, allergy shots can help to reduce your body’s reaction to your allergen, minimizing symptoms. Sometimes, symptoms can even disappear entirely. Some people who have heart or lung disease may not be able to receive allergy shots, as they can be riskier for these groups. Speak with the team at Allergy and Asthma Consultants during your appointment to find out if allergy shots can help you.
In order to gradually alter your body’s reaction to the allergen, allergy shots are usually given about once or twice a week over the course of several months. The shot, which contains a very small amount of your allergen, is given in your upper arm, with the dose gradually increasing as your body adjusts. As treatment continues, the amount of time in between each shot will increase, first to every two to four weeks, and then about once every month. Treatment can take about four to five years.
Your allergy symptoms should gradually improve over time, perhaps even disappearing. The team at Allergy and Asthma Consultants will work closely with you to develop a plan of care that is designed specifically for your needs and monitor your progress throughout your treatment to ensure the best results.
To learn more about allergy shots and whether they may be helpful to you, call the nearest office or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Allergy and Asthma Consultants.