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Allergy shots use your body's natural defense systems to reduce or cure allergies. If you're living in the communities of Dallas, Irving, Euless, Bedford, Coppell, or Fort Worth, Texas, and you're ready to be free of uncomfortable allergy symptoms, Cure Allergy Clinic can identify the allergen(s) with allergy testing and provide allergy shots that build up your immunity. The team includes Dr. M. Waseem Imam , D.O., a board-certified specialist in allergies, asthma, and immunology. For expert care, call the office in Arlington, Texas, or request your consultation online.
Allergy shots act like a vaccine, triggering your body's immune response to fight allergies naturally. Allergy shots are also called immunotherapy. The shots can minimize or eliminate an allergic reaction to a variety of allergens, such as:
By lowering your sensitivity to allergens, allergy shots often lead to lasting relief from allergy symptoms — even after you stop treatment. Allergy shots also may prevent new allergies. In children, allergy shots may stop allergies from turning into asthma.
Individuals of all ages benefit from allergy shots, including children over the age of five. Allergy shots can address nearly every form of allergy, except for food allergies. In such cases, Cure Allergy Clinic provides food desensitization therapy using the latest techniques in sublingual (under the tongue) and oral immunotherapy.
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is a newer type of treatment for allergies. With SLIT, you take drops or tablets, rather than allergy shots.
SLIT is currently approved for the treatment of dust mites, ragweed, and grass pollen, while allergy shots can address more allergens than just these alone. Shots also can correct more than one allergen, while SLIT treatments treat just one allergen at a time.
Your provider at Cure Allergy Clinic administers a small amount of an allergen extract into your skin. The doses will increase over time, gradually building up your immunity to the allergen.
Allergy shots happen in two phases:
Your provider at Cure Allergy Clinic administers injections about 1-2 times per week. This phase typically takes 3-6 months.
During this phase, you still receive treatment at Cure Allergy Clinic, but it occurs less often. Expect your provider to recommend the right schedule for you, but you may go up to four weeks between treatments.
You may begin to experience relief from your allergy symptoms in the build-up stage, or you may not see a significant difference until 12 months into treatment. Individual results vary with allergy shots.
To find out more about the benefits of allergy shots and allergy drops, call Cure Allergy Clinic or request an appointment online today.