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Allergy: Insect Sting (cont.)

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Allergy shots (immunotherapy) may be effective in people with severe reactions to certain insect stings.

  • Allergy shots are given in a series over several months to build up to a maintenance dose that is continued monthly for 3 to 5 years.
  • Each shot contains a little bit more of the insect venom antigen.
  • Ideally, the person becomes desensitized to the antigen over time.
  • Shots are effective at reducing the severity of the reaction in most people.
  • These shots are available for bee and fire ant venoms.
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