If you’re looking for long-term relief from allergy symptoms, allergy shots are the solution you need. Laura Ispas, MD, of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute, is an expert in allergy shots, providing treatment that gives patients relief from many different allergens, including pollen, ragweed, dust mites, and stinging insects. If you have questions about allergy shots or would like to schedule an appointment, call the office in Leesburg, Virginia, or book an appointment online.
Allergy shots are a type of treatment called immunotherapy, which desensitizes your immune system so that it stops triggering allergic reactions.
When you receive allergy shots, your injections begin with a very small dose of your specific allergens, then Dr. Ispas gradually increases the dose in each subsequent shot until you reach an optimal dose.
As the doses increases, your immune system builds up a tolerance to the allergen. As a result, you stop having an allergic reaction, or your symptoms significantly diminish.
Your allergy shots are administered on a regular schedule that proceeds through two phases:
Dr. Ispas gives you gradually increasing doses of allergens once or twice a week to build up your tolerance. This phase lasts about three to six months until Dr. Ispas determines you’ve reached a maintenance dose.
During your maintenance phase, you’ll receive an allergy shot every two to four weeks, with each shot containing the same dose. This continues until you reach optimal symptom relief.
Although your allergy symptoms may improve during the first year, most patients are fully desensitized after two to three years of maintenance treatments.
Allergy shots can be used to treat many different allergies, including:
Although allergy shots are effective for most people, Dr. Ispas evaluates your symptoms and medical history before recommending immunotherapy.
Rush immunotherapy, also called rapid immunotherapy, accelerates the process so you get to your maintenance dose more quickly. It follows the same process — you’ll get multiple shots, with each one containing a higher dose of the allergen — but all your build-up phase allergy shots are administered over the course of one to three days.
Cluster immunotherapy also hastens the process, but the shots are spread out a little more than for rush immunotherapy. During cluster immunotherapy, you’ll receive several allergy shots on nonconsecutive days, so your maintenance dose is usually reached within four to eight weeks.
You don’t need to keep suffering from allergy symptoms. Call Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute, or book an appointment online to get started on the road to allergy relief.