What Parents Need to Know About Allergy Shots

By

Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo, MD, FAAAAI    

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Have no fear, allergy shots are not as scary for kids as you think. “Allergy shots” are actually allergen immunotherapy. This method of therapy treats allergies and allergic asthma by desensitizing patients to their specific allergens. Allergy shots have been administered to patients for more than 100 years!

When a child has a runny, itchy nose, sneezing and watery eyes, parents commonly reach for over-the-counter or prescription medications. While these medications can be effective for a majority of children, they simply and temporarily cover up symptoms. Allergy shots work differently. Allergen immunotherapy shots alter the immune system. Over time, this results in blocking allergic reactions from occurring at all, or significantly reducing their severity. It is a long-term solution for allergy management. However, before signing up your child for allergy shots, many important questions should be addressed. 

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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