Allergy shots are an effective treatment option to teach your immune system to stop producing frustrating symptoms upon contact with an allergen. Undergoing this treatment will effectively help you overcome allergens like:

  • Dust
  • Grass
  • Hives
  • Insect stings
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen

Allow us to highlight important information about allergy shots and how Dr. Brauer can help you find relief from your allergies.

What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots contain small amounts of the triggering allergen. Periodic injections of the triggering allergen will teach the immune system that the particle is harmless instead of harmful. Through scheduled and consistent injections, your immune system will learn to tolerate the allergen instead of reacting negatively (allergy symptoms). If you can commit to these appointments, this is an effective way to teach the immune system to stop producing symptoms, such as:

  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

Two Phases of Allergy Shots

Allergy shots require two phases: the build-up phase and the maintenance phase. During the build-up phase, you will receive small doses of the allergen. At each appointment, you will receive a slightly increased dose of the allergen to help the immune system reach immunity. Because the dosages are small, there is a minimal risk of an adverse reaction. And because the shot is not injected into the muscle, there will not be soreness or pain at the sight. Once the build-up phase is complete (normally lasting between 4 โ€“ 6 months), the maintenance phase begins (3 โ€“ 5 years).

Overview of allergy shots:

  • Over time, your immune system learns to accept the allergen as harmless, not harmful.
  • There is a low risk due to small levels of the triggering allergen in each allergy shot.
  • From start to finish, the two phases of treatment take roughly 3.5 โ€“ 5.5 years.

Are allergy shots right for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brauer to find out: 270-228-2811