Allergy shots, commonly referred to as immunotherapy, have been proven to be a very effective treatment for allergies. These shots insert small doses of the allergen into your body, which allows your immune system to gradually learn that the allergen is not an invader. Discover four reasons why you need allergy shots.
Reason #1 – Allergy shots improve your health-related quality of life.
Your health-related quality of life (HRQoL) encompasses not only your physical body but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life. When your body is not functioning as it should, it will undoubtedly affect the other areas of your life. Allergy shots will help teach your immune system to function properly, which will improve your HRQoL.
Reason #2 – Allergy shots reduce the need for long-term allergy medication.
If your allergies are causing bothersome symptoms such as congestion or headaches, you likely take allergy medication to help you get through your day. If you don’t want to take allergy medication for the rest of your life, immunotherapy is a great alternative that will provide long-term relief.
Reason #3 – Allergy shots are a low-risk treatment to combat your allergies.
When you begin your immunotherapy plan, Dr. Brauer will start with small doses of the allergen in each allergy shot and gradually increase that dosage with each visit. After your allergy shot, you will stay at the office for a short period of time to ensure no allergic reaction occurs.
Reason #4 – Allergy shots provide long-term results.
Last, but certainly not least, allergy shots are an effective way to obtain long-term relief from your allergies. After completing the build-up and maintenance phases, Dr. Brauer will test your immune system to ensure it no longer views the allergy as a threat. The ultimate goal is to teach your immune system to not produce a negative reaction to the allergy, and immunotherapy can accomplish this.