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Allergy Shots and Drops (Immunotherapy)

Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, are the only treatment for allergies which offers a long-term benefit for people's symptoms. This therapy changes the way a person's immune system deals with allergens in a beneficial way, becoming less reactive to them over time. While allergy shots are generally safe, one should consider the risks and benefits of this therapy prior to taking them. Daniel More, MD, a board-certified allergist, discusses the use of immunotherapy in an easy to understand question and answer format.

All About Allergy Shots
Learn everything you need to know about allergy shots, also known as subcutaneous immunotherapy.

Allergy Shots -- Allergy Shots to Treat Allergies
Learn how people have been able to successfully treat their allergy symptoms with allergy shots.

Allergy Shots: The Basics
A basic overview of what allergy shots are, how they work and the potential risks of this type of treatment. A discussion of who may want to consider allergy shots is also given.

Allergy Drops (Sublingual Immunotherapy)
Allergy drops, or sublingual immunotherapy, has been used for years with great success in Europe. This form of allergy treatment in being studied for use in the United States, yet has not yet been approved by the FDA. Learn more about how sublingual immunotherapy works, how it compares with traditional allergy shots and some of the hurdles it must overcome before being routinely in the U.S.

Rush Immunotherapy
Learn about the various techniques available to rapidly achieve a higher dose of allergy shots, called rush and cluster immunotherapy. Find out about the risks and benefits to these rapid build-up schedules for allergy shots, and how they differ from traditional build-up schedules.

Should I take allergy shots or allergy drops to treat my allergies?
Have you been given the choice of taking allergy shots or allergy drops for the treatment of your allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis or allergic asthma? Learn the benefits and drawbacks of each form of therapy.

Do Allergy Shots Hurt?
Do allergy shots hurt? Many people, especially children, are afraid of getting allergy shots because of the thought of painful injections. Find out if allergy shots are painful and learn ways to reduce any discomfort.

At What Age Can My Child Receive Allergy Shots?
Considering starting your child on allergy shots? Ever wonder at what age children can be started on allergy shots? Learn the signs to determine if your child is ready for allergy shots.

Allergy Shots in Children
Allergen immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is the only therapy available which changes the underlying problem of allergies. This therapy is indicated for allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic asthma. Children can benefit from allergy shots as well, although there are some specific concerns when treating this age group with immunotherapy.

Allergy Shots in the Elderly
Allergen immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is the only therapy available which changes the underlying problem with allergies, and can potentially cure the problem. Older people, and the elderly, can benefit from allergy shots as well, although there are some specific concerns when treating this age group with immunotherapy.

Allergy Shots During Pregnancy
Allergen immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is the only therapy available which changes the underlying problem with allergies, and can potentially cure the problem. This therapy is indicated for allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic asthma. Pregnant women can benefit from allergy shots as well, although there are some specific concerns when treating this group with immunotherapy.

Safety and Efficacy of Allergy Shots
Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is a safe and effective therapy for many kinds of allergic diseases. This fact sheet, put together by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, takes a look at the safety of allergy shots, especially when compared to other medications that we normally consider to be "safe".

Allergy Shots or Allergy Drops -- Did You Choose Allergy Shots or All…
Find out why people chose allergy shots or allergy drops in order to treat their allergies -- and the reasons why they did so.

Are Allergy Shots Effective for Asthma Treatment?
Learn if allergy shots are safe and effective for the treatment of asthma.

How Do Allergy Shots Work?
Learn the method by which allergy shots work to decrease or eliminate allergy symptoms.

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