If you suffer from allergic asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, or stinging insect allergies, allergy immunotherapy, also referred to as an allergy shot, may help alleviate your symptoms. At South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, with offices in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Redwood City, California, the board-certified allergy and immunology physicians provide allergy shots and can determine if they make a good option for you. To schedule a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for an allergy shot, call the office today or use the online booking tool.
Allergy shots, also called allergy immunotherapy, are a form of treatment that aims to decrease your sensitivity to an allergen.
During allergy shot treatment, you’re injected with increasing amounts of a specific allergen over several months to decrease your body’s immune system reaction.
In addition to providing long-term relief from your allergy symptoms, allergy shots may also prevent the development of new allergies. In children, allergy shots may also decrease the risk of their allergic rhinitis progressing to asthma.
Allergy shots desensitize your body over time so it is less reactive to whatever you are allergic to. Your body responds to the injected amounts of a particular allergen, which is given in gradually increased doses over a set period, by developing an immunity or tolerance to the allergen.
Then, when exposed to the allergen in the future, your symptoms are significantly decreased or minimized.
South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group offers allergy shots to both children and adults suffering from allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis, and stinging insect allergies.
When considering whether you’re a good candidate for allergy imunotherapy, your provider bases their decision on:
Your provider also takes into consideration your age and health history.
South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group provides specific details about what you can expect during your allergy shot program based on your specific allergy needs. However, to build up your immunity to the allergen, there are two phases to the program:
During the buildup phase, you receive increasing amounts of the allergen once or twice a week for 6-8 months. Some patients are candidate for an accelerated build up phase, which we call “cluster immunotherapy”, that takes only 9-10 weeks.
Once you reach an effective dose, your maintenance phase begins. Your effective dose depends on your level of allergen sensitivity and your response to the buildup dose phase. During the maintenance phase, you receive allergy shots every 2-4 weeks.
Though you may experience a decrease in symptoms during the buildup phase, it may take up to 12 months on the maintenance dose to notice an improvement. If your allergy shots are successful, your maintenance treatment will continue for 3-5 years.
The effectiveness of your allergy shot treatments coincides with the length of your treatment, as well as your allergen dose. You should consult with your allergist before stopping immunotherapy.
During the maintenance phase, 80-90% of patients at South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group notice a significant reduction in their allergy symptoms.
To learn more about allergy shots and how they may help alleviate your allergy symptoms, contact South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group by phone today.