Allergy shots, also called allergen immunotherapy, are an excellent way to gain control of your allergies long-term. Allergy shots consist of a series of shots containing allergens that you are allergic to administered in a medical office with gradually increasing doses until a maintenance dose is achieved. The shots are then continued for a period of 3-5 years. For much of this period, they are given on a monthly basis.
The shots are given subcutaneously (just under the skin) so they are not very painful. Allergy shots are available for pollen as well as animals such as dogs and cats. They are effective for both allergic rhintis and asthma. They are used in treating adults and children as young as five years of age. They are unique in that they prevent and/or cure your allergies long-term, even years after shot discontinuation. They have been shown to lessen the requirement for medication (including steroid medication) in both allergic rhinitis and asthma as well as prevent the onset of new allergies and asthma. They provide a natural way to get rid of your allergies for good!
Allergy shots also have a long and proven track record. In fact, this year is the 100th anniversary of the initial report on the success of allergy shots published in the journal Lancet by the famous allergist Leonard Noon, M.D.
Your BVAAC board-certified allergist has extensive training and many years of experience with this wonderful treatment option. If you have more questions or think that you or a member of your family might need/want allergy shots, click on the allergy shot packet, or call us at 208-378-0080 or click here to make an appointment request online.