Using allergy shots, or immunotherapy, the team of board certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates helps patients overcome allergy symptoms in a fast, effective way. If you’re looking to control your allergies with a long-term solution, visit the highly trained staff at three premier locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
No matter what type of allergy you have, the first step is to figure out the specific allergens that trigger your reaction, then diligently avoid them. Allergy shots are the next line of treatment for patients who have severe reactions or symptoms that aren’t well controlled. Shots can eliminate or significantly reduce allergies to grass, trees, weeds, mold, dust, pet dander, and insect stings.
Children and adults can receive allergy shots, but they’re usually not given to children under the age of 5 years. Most adults can safely get allergy shots, but the doctors at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates will review your overall health to be sure allergy shots make sense for you.
Allergy shots are not used to treat food allergies or contact allergies, such as skin reactions to poison ivy. However, experts are working to develop immunotherapy for these allergens, and you can be sure the doctors will let you know if they become available.
Allergies begin when your immune system overreacts to a specific substance — called an allergen. Then every time you’re exposed to the allergen in the future, the immune system releases histamines, which cause symptoms like sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, red eyes, itching, and swelling. Allergy shots are called immunotherapy because they treat allergies by stopping this automatic immune response.
Allergy shots introduce a small amount of allergen into your bloodstream, then the amount of allergen injected is gradually increased with each subsequent shot. Over time, the immune system learns to tolerate the allergen so you no longer have an allergic reaction.
At first you’ll get injections 1-2 times weekly for about 3-6 months. Then you’ll get maintenance shots every 2-4 weeks for several years. Please note, you must wait 30 min in the office after each injection. Your symptoms may decrease during the first few months, but it typically takes up to 12 months to see a big improvement. Maintenance shots typically continue for years, but the amount of time varies for each person.
Allergy shots can be very effective. They even have the potential to completely eliminate allergy symptoms and to prevent new allergies from developing, but everyone has different degrees of success. Some people will get long-lasting relief, while others may relapse after stopping allergy shots. The overall effectiveness may be related to the dose of allergen and length of immunotherapy, which is why it’s so important to continue getting allergy shots until your doctor determines it’s time to stop.
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"I just finished my allergy shots here and am SO much better. Everyone is very friendly and professional and scheduling is very flexible. 100% recommended."
"The doctors and nurses always greet you with a smile and a hello. I have and always will refer my family and friends."
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"The office staff was kind and courteous, they also took the time to explain my insurance coverage and make sure that I knew the cost and insurance coverage."
"Their allergy test are much better than I have had in the past - with Dr Safdarian going the extra mile to test me to verify some items the default test did not find..."
"Greeted by staff when i arrived. Reasonable wait time with several paitents in lobby. Offices clean & staff knowledgeable."
"Dr. Safdarian was extremely detailed and took her time during my first appointment where I was getting tested to see what I was allergic to."
"She is really conscientious about my health care and takes the time to get plenty of information from me and welcomes my questions."
"There is adequate staff at NTAAA, whereas many doctors today are trying to save money by cutting staff. The staff at NTAAA is very good, competent, and friendly..."
"This is one of the best patient experience I have had. Considering that allergy shots are a multi year commitment - they make it easy by having all day shot hours."
"The people at North Texas Allergy and Asthma are always friendly, courteous, and professional."
"Dr. Sikka has made my quality of life so much better! He never pressured me into taking allergy shots and gladly answered all my questions..."
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