Do you have miserable allergy symptoms that you can’t get relief from? Then allergy shots might be right for you. The expert team at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates offers allergy shots to alleviate your symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies and give you the results you’re looking for. To book an appointment, call one of the offices in Boulder, Lakewood, Westminster, Denver, Littleton, or Arvada, Colorado, or use the online scheduler today.
Allergy shots are a form of treatment if you have allergies. The shots involve regular injections of small amounts of allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander, into your body. The purpose of allergy shots is to gradually desensitize your immune system to these allergens, reducing the allergic response over time.
By repeatedly exposing your immune system to the allergen in a controlled manner, your body develops a tolerance and becomes less reactive to the substance. This process helps reduce the severity of your allergic symptoms.
The frequency of allergy shots depends on the treatment plan prescribed by your expert allergist at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates.
Typically, the treatment consists of two phases:
During the buildup phase, injections are usually administered once or twice weekly. The concentration of the allergen is gradually increased during this phase.
Once you reach the effective maintenance dose, the frequency of your injections is reduced to once every two to four weeks. The duration of treatment can vary, but it often spans three to five years.
Allergy shots offer several benefits if you suffer from allergies.
They provide long-term relief by addressing the underlying cause of your allergies rather than simply managing symptoms. By reducing your body's sensitivity to specific allergens, allergy shots can minimize or eliminate the need for medication or other symptomatic treatments. This can greatly improve your quality of life if you experience persistent or severe allergic reactions.
Allergy shots can also prevent the development of new allergies and reduce the risk of asthma if you have allergic rhinitis. In addition, they can reduce the risk of severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, if you’re allergic to insect venom or certain foods.
Allergy shots are not suitable for everyone. They’re typically recommended if you have moderate to severe allergies and haven’t responded well to other treatments or want to reduce your reliance on medication.
Allergy shots require a commitment to a long-term treatment plan and regular visits to your allergist’s office. If you’re ready to consider allergy shots, call Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates or book an appointment online today.