Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy designed to treat your allergies. By training your immune system to tolerate the things you’re allergic to, allergy shots can provide lasting relief from symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing.
Do Your Allergies Prevent You From Taking Part in Activities You Love?
Seasonal and environmental allergies can be difficult to live with. If you’re allergic to pollen, you may find yourself avoiding outdoor activities during the spring and summer. Similarly, allergies towards dust or pet dander may prevent you from visiting family members or friends who have pets. If your allergies are limiting your activities or having an impact on your social life, allergy shots in League City could improve your quality of life and offer long-term relief.
Reduce Allergy Sensitivity with Allergy Shots
When your immune system detects a foreign substance, it produces antibodies to fight it. These antibodies are what produce the symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, or itchy skin. While your immune system is only trying to protect you, allergy triggers are typically harmless substances that your immune system is hypersensitive to. Allergy shots gradually expose your immune system to the allergen, building up a natural tolerance and reducing your sensitivity to it.
Can My Allergies Be Treated with Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots are an ideal treatment for seasonal and environmental allergies. If you are allergic to dust, mold, pollen, pet dander, or insect venom, allergy shots could help you achieve lasting relief from your symptoms. Allergy shots aren’t recommended for food allergies or allergies toward latex or medications.
You may be a candidate for allergy shots if:
- Your allergies limit your daily activities or impact your quality of life.
- You would like to spend more time outdoors.
- You’re allergic to things you have a hard time avoiding.
- You want to treat the cause of your allergies, not just the symptoms.
- Oral medications aren’t effective against your symptoms, or you wish to decrease your use of them.
How Many Shots Will I Need?
Your allergy shots will contain a small amount of the thing you’re allergic to, such as pollen or dust. Your treatment plan will be personalized to suit your individual circumstances and goals. When you begin your treatment, you’ll likely be getting one or two shots per week. After a few months, this will gradually decrease until you are getting about one shot per month. Depending on your personalized treatment plan, these monthly shots will most likely continue for 3-5 years.
Can Children Get Allergy Shots?
Yes. As a matter of fact, allergy shots are especially effective in children. Allergy shots can help prevent the development of asthma and new allergies, and they are effective in treating allergic asthma. We normally give allergy shots to children 5 years or older, but under certain circumstances they may be given earlier.
What Sets Texas ENT Specialists Apart?
At Texas ENT Specialists, we work closely with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your unique circumstances. No matter your age, condition, or diagnosis, we are committed to helping you achieve lasting relief. With 15 locations, we provide superior ear, nose, and throat care to patients across Texas.