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Hay Fever (cont.)

Other Therapy for Hay Fever

Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is an alternative if medical therapy is not helpful. Allergy shots do not always help, but they can improve symptoms in many people. They are best given by an allergist.

  • Immunotherapy consists of a series of injections over several months. The shots contain very small amounts of the antigen causing the hay fever reaction. The idea is to minimize your reaction to the allergen by slowly decreasing your sensitivity to it in a controlled setting, which is usually the allergist's office.
  • Allergy shots do not always work, but in general hay fever responds well to this treatment.
  • Severe adverse effects are uncommon.
Your immune system changes over time. Sometimes your body naturally lowers its immune reaction to allergens.

Hay Fever Follow-up

  • Follow the treatment recommendations of your health care provider. Give the medications a chance. Most of them work well but some take several days to reach full effectiveness.
  • See your health care provider if you experience any complication of hay fever.
  • Any adverse effects of the medications prescribed should also prompt a visit to your health care provider.
  • Consult your health care provider periodically to see if new, better medications with fewer side effects are available.
  • Periodic re-evaluation of your allergy sensitivity is also recommended to prevent further illness.
  • If you would like to have allergy shots for desensitization, discuss it with your primary health care provider or an allergist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/10/2016
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