Venom immunotherapy (allergy shots) is a form of treatment available for people with severe allergy to insect stings. It helps to increase tolerance to the venom to which a person is allergic. As a result, subsequent accidental stings do not produce severe, life-threatening allergic reactions.
Venom immunotherapy involves receiving regularly scheduled injections of purified venom to which a person is allergic. The purified venom is injected into the arm once a week in increasingly larger amounts. When the maintenance dose is reached, the quantity will remain stable and the frequency of shots will be increased to every four to six weeks.
Your allergist can help you decide whether venom immunotherapy is a good option for you.