If you suffer from allergies, you know just how frustrating and debilitating they can be. Fortunately, allergy shots can help with the long-term management of allergies. The team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas, has extensive experience developing, making, and administering allergy shots. This allows for a tailored approach to your treatment plan and helps you to get the relief that you need. To learn more, call or book online today to schedule your first appointment with Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates.
There are several methods available for treating allergies. For some people, avoiding their allergy trigger is enough. Others may rely on allergy medications to treat their allergies.
A more long-term solution is allergy shots. Allergy shots are a series of shots administered by the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates that serve to reduce your sensitivity to your allergen over time, thus reducing your symptoms. Some studies have shown that allergy shots may have a preventive role in children with allergies; possibly preventing asthma from developing in some children with allergic rhinitis.
Allergy shots are most often administered for allergic rhinitis (hay fever), life threatening reactions to insect stings, or allergic asthma. The team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates has extensive experience using allergy shots to help their patients get the relief that they need and will work with you to develop an individualized course of treatment that is just right for your needs.
Allergy shots are customized to each patient. Each individual’s allergen sensitivity is determined by allergy skin testing. To understand how allergy shots work, it is helpful to have a little knowledge about why allergies occur. An allergy occurs when your immune system mistakes a harmless foreign substance, referred to as an allergen, as a harmful invader. When this happens, your immune system kicks on and attacks the allergen, releasing a chemical called histamine. The histamine reaction is what causes all of the unpleasant symptoms of allergies, including itchy eyes, runny nose, and congestion.
Allergy shots work by essentially retraining your immune system to react differently when it encounters the allergen. An allergy shot contains a very small amount of your allergen. When this small dosage is slowly administered into your body over time, your body can learn to recognize it as a harmless substance, thus leading to a reduced reaction when you encounter the allergen in real life.
Allergen immunotherapy has been used for the treatment of allergies since around 1911. More than 100 years of experience has demonstrated its effectiveness for the treatment of environmental allergies. Before starting allergy shots, you need to understand that treatment can take some time to start working. Allergy shots are not a “quick-fix” solution. They are administered to your upper arm in regularly spaced dosages. It may take a few months to notice benefit and continuation of allergy shots leads to further improvement. The degree of benefit differs from person to person and is difficult to predict for an individual. For some patients the benefit lasts for several years after the treatment course.
To learn more about allergy shots and how they may help you, call or book online today to schedule your first appointment.