Allergy shots are injections you receive at regular intervals over a period of approximately three to five years to stop or reduce allergy attacks. Allergy shots are a form of treatment called immunotherapy. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions. These are called allergens. Allergy shots contain just enough allergens to stimulate your immune system — but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction.
Over time, your doctor increases the dose of allergens in each of your allergy shots. This helps get your body used to the allergens (desensitization). Your immune system builds up a tolerance to the allergens, causing your allergy symptoms to diminish over time.
New allergy shot patients will need to schedule an appointment with one of our Providers before we can deliver allergy shots. These appointments usually take one hour, please plan your time accordingly. Once they have been established, no appointment is necessary to receive the allergy injection. The Nurse will perform the allergy injection and the patient is then asked to remain in the office for 20-30 minutes to ensure no adverse reaction occurs. Injections can be given from 9:00 am to 11:15 pm and from 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm, as long as a Provider is in the clinic.