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Allergy shots are a series of injections that are given to build-up tolerance and desensitize a person to various pollens and allergens like cat, dog dust mites and molds. The goal is to reduce symptoms, reduce amount of medication used to control symptoms and improve quality of life.
There are safe accelerated programs called “cluster immunotherapy and rush immunotherapy” that help to achieve maintenance levels more rapidly.
Children are believed to derive potentially greater benefit from immunotherapy, due to the potential of allergy shots to prevent progression to more severe disease and allergic asthma. For this reason, therapy should be started early in children (5-7 years).
Allergists are fellowship-trained and have great expertise in providing allergy shots or immunotherapy, treating allergic reactions and monitoring progress while on allergy shots.
(Information only; not intended to replace medical advice; adapted from AAAAI)