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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
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