Allergy Shots (cont.)
What Will the Shots Do For Me?
Immunotherapy, if properly managed, can significantly reduce allergy symptoms. In some people, it greatly reduces the need for allergy medication.
These effects become noticeable 6-12 months after starting the therapy.
Most people notice continued gradual improvement over the next 2-4 years.
By years 3-5, most people are desensitized to their allergen or allergens. Many can stop immunotherapy at that point.
There are several things you can do to increase the success of the therapy:
Make a commitment to follow your allergist's recommendations to the letter.
Follow through with the entire course of treatment recommended. If you stop half way through, the treatment will not work.
Continue to avoid the allergens as much as possible. Just because you complete a course of immunotherapy for your allergy to pet dander doesn't mean you can now go out and get a cat. Immunotherapy is much less likely to work if you do not continue to avoid your allergens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014
Jeffrey Lee Kishiyama, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Stephen C Dreskin, MD, PhD
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