(In office shots)
Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
Based on your results we will make a vial with the specific type and dilution of allergens to which you tested positive. You will then need to come in weekly for an injection(s). As your body tolerates the injections, the dose is increased. When your body is able to tolerate the full dose without reactions, the next vial is made stronger. The process continues until we have trained your body to tolerate the allergen at the strongest concentration.
Because the injection(s) may cause a rare systemic reaction, you will need to remain in the allergy room for 20 minutes following your injection(s), no exceptions can be made.
After you are able to tolerate the injection(s) at full strength, the next goal will be to lengthen the time between injections, and eventually discontinue them. This process usually takes 1-2 years, with relief often received within months or even weeks.
Caution: Some patients are not able to tolerate increasing doses and must be maintained on injections on an on-going basis to be comfortable.
Missing weekly injections slows the process considerably. Missing injections for several months may result in a need to retest. You must decide before testing to commit your time, money and energy to feeling better. This form of treatment is not a quick fix. It takes commitment from both the doctor and the patient. However, many patients have found relief from symptoms for the first time in their life.
The monthly cost of treatment with injection is $175.00 - $200.00. Insurance coverage varies. We strongly recommend you contact your insurance company regarding your benefits for allergy testing, treatment, and supplies. Most insurance plans pay for at least a portion of the treatment cost.
At this time Allergy is open on a walk-in basis:
Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursdays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm