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Allergy Shots Specialist

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology

Dermatologists & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Pleasanton, CA

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans every year, causing a range of symptoms such as nasal congestion, hives, and difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, allergies can’t be cured. However, allergy shots may provide long-lasting relief from your symptoms. At Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology, board-certified physician Farinaz Farrahi, MD, offers allergy shots as a treatment option for those suffering from their allergy symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Pleasanton, California, or book online today.

Allergy Shots Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance (an allergen) that’s harmless to most people. 

The allergic reaction may affect your respiratory system, skin, or digestive tract and lead to a range of symptoms like:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Asthma

Some allergens may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis that leads to shortness of breath, low blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis requires emergency medical care. 

What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots are a type of immunotherapy that provide systematic desensitization to allergies. Treatment involves injecting increasing amounts of the known allergen over several months in a controlled setting. 

Allergy shots work much like vaccines and help your body develop an immunity to the specific allergen provided by the shot. Over time, your body’s allergic reaction to the allergen begins to diminish and may subside altogether.

In addition to alleviating your allergy symptoms, allergy shots may also reduce your risk of developing new allergies or allergy-induced asthma. 

Am I a good candidate for allergy shots?

The allergy experts at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology determine if you’re a good candidate for allergy shots after a comprehensive evaluation. 

They offer allergy shots to treat many allergic conditions, including:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Allergic asthma
  • Stinging insect allergies
  • Eczema
  • Other airborne allergens

 Allergy shots are safe for children, teens, and adults.

What can I expect during allergy shot therapy?

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology conducts your allergy shots at the office. They review the details of your treatment during your consultation so you know what to expect.

Administration of your allergy shots occurs in two phases:

Buildup phase

During the buildup phase, you receive 1-2 injections a week for 3-6 months. The amount of the allergen in your injection gradually increases until you reach the effective therapy dose.

Most patients experience an improvement in symptoms during the buildup phase. 

Maintenance phase

During the maintenance phase, you continue to receive allergy shots containing your effective therapy dose every 2-4 weeks. You may require regular allergy shots for up to five years to gain the most benefits. 

To learn more about allergy shots and how they can help you, call Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology or book an appointment online today.