What are allergy shots and who should get them?

Allergy shots help your body develop your natural resistance to allergens by strengthening immunity against the effects of tree, grass, weed pollen, dust mites, animal dander, mold and stinging insects.

You may benefit from allergy shots if you:

  • Have symptoms that are not well controlled with allergy medication.
  • Have side effects from allergy medications, such as drowsiness.
  • Want to decrease oral medication use.
  • Have severe reactions to flying stinging insects such as bees, wasps and hornets.
  • Have allergic triggers that cannot be avoided, such as pets, pollen and dust.
  • Want to spend more time outdoors.

Want a proven method to control allergies long-term by strengthening your immune system for potential triggers.

How much do allergy shots cost?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of medicine preparation and weekly shot administration. Some insurances cover a significant portion of the cost; however some plans may require a co-pay or deductible to be met. This is dependent on the insurance plan.

We highly recommend you contact your insurance plan to learn more about your benefits. We will also confirm service coverage with your insurance provider and give you an estimated cost before any commitment to allergy shot treatment.

Do allergy shots help my child?

Yes, allergy shots are very effective in children because treatment is proven to prevent the development of new allergies and asthma. Allergy shots are typically started after a child reaches five years of age, but they may be started earlier on a case-by-case basis.

Are allergy shots safe?

Yes, allergy shots are typically safe. A minor reaction may happen at the injection site, which usually improves with time. The risk of a severe allergic reaction is rare but possible and may include a serious, life-threatening reaction. The reaction typically responds immediately to epinephrine when injected in a timely fashion, therefore we kindly request you wait in the clinic for 30 minutes of observation after every injection. We also recommend you use the restroom prior to your injection. Your safety is our greatest priority, which is why we follow strict preventive safety measures.

Do allergy shots help with any other conditions, such as asthma control?

Yes, since asthma is primarily an allergic problem, a regular shot regimen in addition to your regular maintenance inhaler should significantly help control this condition, resulting in a healthy and productive lifestyle with less school and work time loss.

Allergy shots have also been FDA approved for skin eczema control and allergic eyes, due to triggers like pollen, dust and pet allergen.

Do you offer allergy drops?

Yes, we offer allergy drops that can be administered daily from the comfort of your home, underneath the tongue to achieve similar results. This treatment is not covered by insurances due to lack of FDA approval and is currently an out-of-pocket expense. Although it is used extensively in Europe with good results, more clinical studies are needed in the United States.