Things You Need to Know about Allergy ShotsFriday, February 26th, 2016, 11:13 am
If you’re one of the countless people who suffers from pollen allergies, you may be dreading the arrival of spring, and you might be considering allergy shots to make the season a bit more tolerable.
For many people, allergy shots are extremely effective, but there are a few things you need to know. Keep reading to learn what to expect when undergoing immunotherapy for your allergies.
When you first begin immunotherapy, you will be given injections at the lowest dose and gradually work up to the highest does. In the beginning, you will need shots once or even twice per week. In time, doses will be spread further apart.
Before Your Injection
You should always take an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before your appointment. Doing so will help with any symptoms that you may experience as the result of the shot. If you noticed any unusual symptoms following your last injection, let you doctor or nurse know prior to the administration of your next dose in case adjustments need to be made. Also, let someone know if you’re taking any new medications.
Don’t engage in exercise or strenuous physical activity before your shot. Increased blood flow and heart rate could cause the shot to circulate through your system faster than it should. You should also avoid exercise for at least two hours after receiving an allergy injection.
After Your Appointment
Prepare to stay in your doctor’s waiting room for 20 to 30 minutes following your injection. This is required to ensure your safety in the event of an allergic reaction. If you experience any usual symptoms during this time or after you leave, it is important to let your doctor or a nurse know right away.
It can take several months for the effects of immunotherapy to become apparent. The entire course of treatment usually lasts three to five years, and most patients do not notice allergy relief until they have been receiving injections for at least three to six months.