By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

I’m going to tell you a little bit about allergy
shots and you can decide if it’s something that’s right for you.
TEXT: The goal is to improve your symptoms. They help your immune system get used to the
allergen. Then if you’re having less symptoms, you can take less medicine.
You’re less likely to get asthma or form new allergies if you’re taking allergy shots.
And if you have asthma or Eczema it may help those get better too.
This therapy has been around for a long time and is generally well-tolerated. But like
with any treatment, there can be side effects. TEXT: The most common are at the injection
site: pain, itching, bleeding, swelling Rarely, you can have a more severe reaction
called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can involve throat swelling difficulty breathing.
TEXT: Anaphylaxis can also cause: body rash/itch, profuse vomiting, very low blood pressure
TEXT: The doctor’s office will hold you for 30 minutes to monitor your reaction to the
shot. Each time you come for your shot, we’ll ask
you how you’re feeling, because if your asthma has flared up or you’re not feeling well,
you won’t get a shot that day. We also pay really close attention to the
dose you’re getting and make sure you’re getting the vial that’s specific to you.
It might have pollen, or dust mite or dog dander.
You’ll get a shot once or twice a week. The shots are given under the skin in your arm.
We’ll start at a really low dose, and slowly get stronger
and stronger.

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