No Pain, No Allergy Relief?
Vaccinations and flu shots are enough; no one would really go out of their way to add more shots in their lives. Right? Wrong. If you are one of the many individuals in Houston, Texas suffering from environmental allergies, allergy shots may be just what you are looking for.
If you are tired of taking daily allergy medication with little to no results, it is time to speak with your Houston allergy expert about allergy shots. In exchange for regular shots for the next three to five years you will experience a reduction or elimination of your allergy symptoms – sounds worth it to me.
Why Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots can be used as a long-term treatment for seasonal, indoor and insect sting allergies. They work by getting your body used to the allergen slowly, with the hopes that your body will develop an immunity or tolerance to it.
The Allergy Treatment Process
The allergy shot process is broken down into two phases – the build-up phase and the maintenance phase. The build-up phase involves a small amount of the allergen being injected into your upper arm once or twice a week. The dosage is gradually increased at each visit. The length of the build-up phase is entirely dependent on your body’s reaction to the allergens. The maintenance phase begins when you have reached your effective dose, essentially the most you can handle without showing symptoms. During the maintenance phase the dosage is no longer increased at each visit and the number of shots is decreased. The maintenance phase involves an allergy shot once every month for three to five years.
Your Houston allergist recommends allergy shots for anyone whose symptoms are not well controlled through medications or those that want to reduce their long-term use of medications.
The Risks of Allergy Shots
Since allergy shots contain a substance you are allergic to, there are some risks involved. Swelling and redness usually develop at the site of injection but are quick to clear up. Sneezing, nasal congestion and hives may develop as well as more severe reactions such as wheezing or chest-tightness. Anaphylaxis, the most serious reaction, rarely occurs. Since these shots are administered in a clinical setting, any reaction that does occur can be easily treated.
Unlike taking allergy medications, which treat symptoms immediately, your symptoms will not improve overnight with the use of allergy shots. Symptoms gradually improve over the first year of treatment and continue to improve over the next few years. Your allergy shots may even decrease symptoms of other allergens and prevent new allergies from developing.
I bet a weekly shot sounds appealing now that you know how much it can help you! Contact your local Houston allergist today for more information.