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Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, work like a vaccine: they contain tiny amounts of the allergen substances that trigger allergy symptoms in your body. They usually are recommended for those who suffer from severe allergies or for those who have allergy symptoms more than 3 months each year. The shots contain just enough allergens to stimulate your immune system and the treatment is also safe and effective for children.
Frequency of allergy shots
The initial stages of immunotherapy will require once- or twice-a-week visits for several months. Over time, the dose is increased to help build up a resistance to the allergens. This results in the allergy symptoms diminishing and the maintenance dose being achieved. The allergy shots will continue on an every 4—week basis for about 3 to 5 years. Over that time, it is likely you will become less sensitive to allergens, and symptoms may become mild or disappear.
Preparing for your allergy shots
Refrain from exercise or vigorous activity for two hours before and after your appointments. Be sure your provider knows about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking as well as whether you are pregnant or have plans to become pregnant.
When will the allergy shots start to work?
A decrease in symptoms usually occurs sometime between the phase of the increased dosage taking place and just before the maintenance dose is achieved.
Allergy shot hours
Although no appointment is necessary for established patients of Sanford Allergy to receive their allergy shot, we do suggest calling (701) 323-8922 to verify the allergy shot clinic hours for any particular day.Allergy shot hours