Allergy Shots: Are They Right For You?

syringe and vial( — Allergy shots are not a cure for allergies, but for the right patient, they can relieve nagging symptoms and be a very effective allergy management tool.

Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy, or treatment designed to alter your body’s natural defenses, the immune system. When you have allergies, your immune system gets inappropriately revved up around things, like dust and pollen, that don’t bother other people. Allergy shots aim to make you less sensitive to allergens (substances that trigger allergies).

If you receive allergy shots as part of your allergy treatment, larger and larger amounts of an allergen will be given by injection over the course of several months. You gradually and scientifically administer the protein that someone is proven to be allergic to.

Who Should Consider Allergy Shots?