If avoidance of the things you are allergic to and medications are insufficient to control your allergies, or you have troubling ongoing symptoms, then our NYC allergists may recommend allergy immunotherapy, also known as “allergy shots”.
Allergy shots help to build your body’s natural resistance to your environmental allergic triggers. These triggers will have been determined during your allergy testing and an individualized allergy serum will be created for you by our allergy doctors based on what your allergy testing reveals. The allergy shots will contain very small doses of the things that you are allergic to such as pollen, grass, and weeds, as well as indoor allergens such as dust mites, molds, and animal/pet dander.
Allergy shots can be used to treat seasonal and environmental allergies like molds, pollen, dust, and animal dander. We offer allergy shots for adults and children five years of age or older. We do not treat insect venom allergies or food allergies with shots.
The initial phase of allergy shot treatment begins with an escalating dose of allergens with each shot. The patient will then stay on a maintenance injection every week for a year. After the first year, injections can be spaced to every three or six weeks. There is no universal protocol for ending the injections. The decision to end injection allergy treatment relies on the patient's individual needs.
Last updated : 2/10/2023