These are injections given to decrease allergy symptoms caused by a substance (known as an allergen) that triggers certain symptoms.
Allergy shots are injections given to decrease allergy symptoms caused by a substance or allergen. They are usually recommended if avoidance of the allergen and/or use of a medication do not control symptoms.
Immunotherapy involves injecting small amounts of a known allergen under the skin, usually in the upper arm.
Most persons with allergy symptoms can receive the care they need from their primary healthcare provider. If your symptoms are difficult to control, or the cause of the symptoms is difficulty to identify, your primary healthcare provider may refer you to an allergist-immunologist.
Immunotherapy is not a cure for allergies and improvement is not guaranteed. However, it may decrease your sensitivity to a specific allergen.
When you are seeing a healthcare provider about allergy shots, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you have had them and what makes them worse or better.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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