Immunotherapy Allergy Shots Specialist

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Premier Allergy and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Columbus, OH and the surrounding areas

Allergies can be debilitating and diminish your quality of life. Over 50 million Americans have some form of allergies, the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. If you suffer from seasonal, food, or insect sting allergies, the expert team of allergists at Premier Allergy and Asthma offers simple, long-lasting solutions. They use immunotherapy allergy shots to help you live symptom-free. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online at one of the offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio.

Immunotherapy Allergy Shots Q & A

What are immunotherapy allergy shots?

Immunotherapy allergy shots are a series of injections your allergist administers to reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms over time. Each shot contains a tiny amount of allergens, or substances that trigger an allergic reaction. The amount injected isn’t enough to cause a severe allergic reaction, however.

Over time, you receive higher doses of immunotherapy allergy shots to help your body build a tolerance to an allergen. 

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Your doctor may recommend immunotherapy allergy shots if you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms associated with allergies:

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin rash
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Facial swelling

Your doctor might recommend immunotherapy allergy shots if other allergy treatments haven’t worked, you have severe allergies, or you desire long-lasting relief.

How are allergies diagnosed?

To determine which immunotherapy allergy shot best suits your needs, your allergist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They may complete a blood test and skin prick test to determine what you’re allergic to and the severity of your allergies.

What are the different types of immunotherapy allergy shots?

Your allergist develops a personalized allergy treatment plan just for you that may include one of the following types of immunotherapy allergy shots:

Traditional immunotherapy shots

With traditional immunotherapy shots, your allergist offers you injections weekly for about a year, or 50 weeks, and biweekly and monthly injections for several months after that.

Rush immunotherapy shots

During rush immunotherapy treatment, you receive 4-6 doses of allergy shots in one day, spaced about an hour apart, to achieve fast allergen tolerance. After that, you receive weekly injections for about 20 weeks and biweekly and monthly injections after that.

Cluster immunotherapy shots

Cluster immunotherapy is a fast way to achieve allergy symptom relief. You receive shots during eight shorter appointments over the course of 4-8 weeks, and receive maintenance doses biweekly and weekly for several months after that.

Don’t live with chronic sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy nose, shortness of breath, or life-threatening allergic reactions. Schedule an appointment with Premier Allergy and Asthma over the phone or online to find out if immunotherapy allergy shots are right for you.