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What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, are aimed at retraining your immune system so your allergic reactions become less severe. Prior to starting immunotherapy, a doctor will identify allergens a patient is allergic to by conducting a skin prick or intradermal test. Immunotherapy works by gradually injecting doses of allergens in the form of a shot, which leads to the immune system becoming less sensitive to the substance. With time, individuals who receive immunotherapy will experience less allergy symptoms.

How effective are allergy shots?

Immunotherapy is a very effective way to manage allergies. It is important to consult with your allergist to see if immunotherapy is right for you.

How often do I have to receive allergy shots?

Initially patients get allergy shots once or twice a week . During this phase individuals receive injections that slowly contain more allergens. Once an effective dose is reached there will be longer periods of time between shots. The time span between shots often ranges from person-to-person.

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