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Allergy Shots for Adults and Children
Allergy Shots Provide Treatment for Common Allergies
Allergy shots provide excellent results for some patients, but immunotherapy is not the right option for all people or allergies. It is important for allergy shot patients to have realistic goals about their treatment timeline and allergy desensitization.
The patients most likely to benefit from Atlanta area allergy shot treatment are people who:
Suffer from indoor allergies, like dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, or mold.
Suffer from seasonal allergies, like grass pollens, tree pollens, or weed pollens.
Suffer from an allergy related condition, such as asthma, recurrent sinusitis, ear problems, or eczema.
Are allergic to insect stings.
Are only allergic to a few, difficult to avoid substances.
Frequently miss work or school due to severe allergies.
Have severe allergy symptoms.
Constantly rely on medication to control allergy issues.
Find that allergy medicine is no longer effective, or that the symptoms of allergy medicine interfere with daily life.
Suffer from another medical condition, such as asthma.
Want to reduce the risk of developing asthma.
Want to treat the cause of their allergy, not just the symptoms.
Are at least 4 years of age.
If you think you might be a good candidate for allergy shots, consult your Atlanta allergy doctor. Together you can discuss changing your current allergy treatment plan.
Changing your immune system with allergy shots takes time. Immunotherapy slowly introduces a small amount of an allergen to the body in order to reduce negative side effects. The immune system becomes desensitized to the allergen as treatment progresses, and eventually the allergic reaction is minimized.
After a consultation with an Atlanta allergist, treatment begins with a buildup phase. The buildup phase lasts 3-6 months with appointments once or twice a week. The goal of the buildup phase is to gradually increase the amount of allergen being introduced, until the maintenance dose is reached.
Once the maintenance dose is reached, then the allergy shot maintenance phase begins. During the maintenance phase, allergy shot treatment occurs weekly, or a few times a month, to continue the desensitization process. The maintenance phase lasts 3-5 years after the buildup phase ends.
It is important to continue allergy shot treatments for the entire 3-5 year maintenance period for noticeable, long-term results. Not completing the full 3-5 year allergy shot plan will greatly reduce the treatment success rate.
Visit an Atlanta Allergy Shot Specialist
Dr. Hurwitz and his team of specialists are board certified to treat allergies, which sets them apart from other physicians and ENTs in the Atlanta area. Contact our metro Atlanta area office today to schedule an allergy shot consultation. Call (404) 994-3574 and book an appointment at one of our convenient Atlanta area locations in Alpharetta, Carrollton, Acworth / Kennesaw, Villa Rica, Newnan, Peachtree City / Fayetteville, Smyrna/Vinings, or Douglasville, Georgia. If you have any further questions about allergy shots and their effectiveness, check out our FAQ page.
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