Allergy shots are a type of treatment for allergies. The goal of the treatment is to make your body less sensitive to allergens. These are the substances that cause your allergies. This sheet tells you more about allergy shots and what to expect with your treatment.
Keep in mind that for best results, you must stick to your treatment schedule.
What Are Allergy Shots?
Each allergy shot contains a small dose of the allergens you’re allergic to. The dose is increased slightly each time you get a shot. You’ll get shots once or twice a week until you reach a dosage that is known as your maintenance level. This may take about
Getting Your Shots
Allergy shots are given by injection into the upper arm. You may need one or more shots. You may feel a slight sting when you get each shot. Also, your arm may itch or feel sore for a few hours afterward. You may notice a small bump where you received each shot as well. If the bump becomes red, hot, or swells, alert your doctor.
After Your Shots
You’ll need to sit in the waiting room for
When to Get Help
In rare cases, allergy shots can cause a reaction called anaphylaxis. This is a life-threatening problem that must be treated right away. Return to the doctor’s office, go to the emergency room, or call 911 if you have any of the following:
Itching or hives
Coughing or wheezing
Tightness in the throat or chest or trouble breathing
Fainting or lightheadedness