Allergy Shots and Immunotherapy Treatment in Florida
Allergy shots, also commonly known as immunotherapy, are a great option for persistent allergies. Many patients seek immunotherapy treatments when they cannot find relief with medications.
Additionally, patients with asthma have also seen improvements in their condition after immunotherapy treatments, according to the Asthma Education and Prevention Program.
How Does Immunotherapy Work?
Allergy shots expose the body to small doses of a specific allergen. Over time, those doses increase as the body “learns” how to overcome the negative impact of the allergen.
Immunotherapy has been successful and proven to treat common allergies such as:
- Seasonal allergies – such as Hay Fever, seasonal asthma, or pollen released by trees, grass, weeds, and flowers
- Indoor allergens – such as mold, mildew, dust mites, and even pet dander
- Insect stings – such as bees
What are the Risks and Side Effects?
Risks associated with immunotherapy treatments are relatively rare, however, they can occur on occasion.
Some risks and side effects to immunotherapy treatments can include:
- Redness, swelling, and/or irritation at the site of injection
- Nasal congestion
- Throat swelling
- Chest tightness
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
Again, most of these risks and side effects are incredibly rare. At the office of Dr. Joshua Light, we make sure you stay in our office for up to thirty minutes after an initial treatment in order to ensure you don’t have a reaction.
Should you experience any of these side effects, contact your physician or seek emergency medical attention immediately.
What is the Success Rate?
Allergy symptoms won’t clear up overnight. Most patients receive immunotherapy treatments for three to five years, but the effects can last even longer. Sometimes, immunotherapy can even cure an allergy.
Additionally, if you are a patient who as experienced any side effects after an immunotherapy treatment, it is likely that they will decrease after regular exposure to treatments.
All in all, we see hundreds of patients for immunotherapy treatments each year, and the success rate is high. Many patients claim that the treatments are very successful and their allergies and asthma symptoms begin to clear up and improve over a period of six months.
For more information on how immunotherapy treatments can help your allergies and/or asthma, contact the office of Dr. Joshua Light, MD today. You can also give us a call at 561-737-8584 to schedule an initial consultation.