Medical Treatment Options
Patients with chronic allergies that do not respond to medication allergy treatments may opt for a long-term treatment plan in which gradually increasing doses of allergen are introduced to the body in order to build up tolerance. This is accomplished through allergy shots. In immunotherapy, an extract of the allergen responsible for your symptoms is prepared and delivered via an injection to your upper arm once a week. The dosage is small at first, allowing your body to gradually become desensitized, but is increased over time until a maintenance level is reached. At this point, your shots will be given once a week in the office, or you can self-administer at home. It will take your body up to five years to build up full immunity. Treatment is FDA-approved and highly effective.