Introduction to Allergy Shots

Introduction to Allergy Shots

Allergy shots, also called allergen immunotherapy can help many children. This form of treatment aims at lowering the sensistivity of a person to an allergen. An allergen is a substance that is considered foreign by the body thereby trigerring an allergic reaction.

In allergy shots a person is given an increasing amount of allergens over a certain period of time until his or her body is desensitized to it.

Not all kinds of allergies should be treated with allergy shots. Food allergies are not treated with these type of shots. People with food allergies usually need to avoid those foods. (consult your local doctor) Those with allergic ashthma/rhinitis/conjunctivitis or are allergic to stinging insect bites will benefit from getting allergy shots.

There are some factors that need to be taken into consideration before one goes for this type of treatment: Duration of allergy season and magnitude of symptoms, how well medicines or the environment affects the allergy symptoms, patient’s desire not to use medication in the long run, time (allergy shots require time commitment) and cost (may depend on region and insurance coverage).