What are allergy shots and drops?
To help alleviate chronic, mild, or severe allergy symptoms, Cross Timbers ENT offers allergy shots and drops. These are safe, effective treatments that have shown outstanding results for many of our Mansfield, Arlington, and Midlothian, TX patients. If you have been recently diagnosed and are searching for a reliable treatment option, consider allergy shots or drops at our North Texas practice. Call any one of our locations today to book an exam with our ENT team. We look forward to serving you and your family.
Am I A Candidate For Allergy Shots Or Drops?
If you or your child suffer from moderate to severe allergies that are resistant to over-the-counter medications, creams, and eye drops, you may be a great candidate for allergy shots and drops. Good candidates also include people who can't avoid allergy triggers, have severe allergic reactions (peanuts, bees, etc.), like spending time outdoors, have allergy-triggered asthma, and those who want effective long-term allergy relief. At Cross Timbers ENT, we provide a variety of powerful allergy solutions that can be tailored to your specific needs. During your consultation, we will examine you, review your medical history, and listen to your concerns to ensure you're a great candidate for allergy shots or allergy drops.
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How do allergy shots work?
At Cross Timbers ENT, our ENT specialists typically prescribe the following therapies for allergies:
- Allergy shots: This treatment involves injecting a small amount of a specific allergen into the body to gain greater resistance to the allergen or to reduce one's sensitivity. Most patients experience great results after about one year of treatment.
- Allergy drops: This therapy entails placing a small amount of an allergen under your tongue. As you’re exposed to the allergen over time, your body becomes desensitized to it.
- Other solutions: In some cases, a prescription medication may be needed to minimize allergic reactions and symptoms. This might include emergency epinephrine (EpiPen). During your exam, our team will discuss the benefits and limitations of all your treatment options to determine which option is best for you.
Allergy Shots/Drops FAQ
How do I know if allergy shots or drops are right for me?
Those who can benefit most from allergy shots or drops include people who:
- Cannot avoid allergy triggers like pollen, dust, pet dander, etc.
- Have allergy symptoms not easily controlled with allergy medications (antihistamines, decongestants, etc.)
- Have a severe allergic reaction to insect stings (ex: bees)
- Have allergy-triggered asthma
- Would like to reduce their use of medications
- Experience side effects from allergy medications
- Would like to spend more time outside
- Prefer a long-term solution to their allergy symptoms
How often will I need to get allergy shots?
The number of shots during a build-up schedule varies for each person, but during the maintenance phase of controlling allergies with shots or drops, most people will need treatment every week. After a year, this schedule can go to treatment every two weeks, then to every 3 – 4 weeks after about 18 – 24 months.
Can children get allergy shots?
Yes, they can. In fact, research has shown that allergy shots can help prevent children with allergic rhinitis from developing asthma.
Do allergy shots hurt?
Allergy shots can be uncomfortable, but for most patients, they aren't painful. Like allergy testing, some people may experience redness or swelling at the injection site with an allergy shot. In rare cases, some may experience a systemic reaction which can include sneezing, congestion, or hives.
Manage Daily Allergies
Get the relief you need with premier allergy care at Cross Timbers ENT in Arlington, Midlothian, or Mansfield, TX. Our board-certified experts can prescribe allergy shots, allergy drops, or another prescription medication to help reduce your symptoms and manage chronic allergies. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling our office directly.
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