Posted on Mar 17, 2015 11:18am PDT

Medical treatments inherently carry some form of risk—that is a given. When you are prescribed any form of medication or treatment, your physician inform you of any side effects or negative reactions to components of the drug. You will also find warning labels on the boxes or bottles of your prescription. In a similar way, allergy shots are no different.

Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is a proven method of relieving allergy symptoms and related conditions, such as asthma and sinus infections, missed school, work, and doctor visits by 80-90%.

Allergy shots are especially effective for those who have symptoms frequently or do not respond to other treatments and medications. Remember that because allergy shots are injections, there is that chance you could run into complications. That is why it is best advised to have your allergist nearby, should you experience any of these.

We have seen many patients who have been given shots by non-board-certified allergists and then had severe allergic reactions as a result. At our center, because we have board-certified allergists on staff, we are specifically trained to administer allergy shots.

Allergy Shots Are Customized to Your Needs

When you come to the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to receive your shots, your allergist will check on you to make sure that you don’t have any major side effects. Allergy shots can cause any number of side effects, some of which can be fatal, so it is best to receive treatment under medical supervision.

While side effects rarely occur, your allergist will keep watch for any of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Feeling of being light-headed
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tight feeling in the throat or chest

Based on what allergens trigger a reaction in you, one of our Georgia allergists will prescribe a “schedule” of shots that that must be taken in the proper sequence. They work almost like a vaccine would, in that your body will eventually become accustomed to the changes in your body when allergens are introduced. If, for example, you miss a dosage or try to take too many at once to make up for it, it can be very dangerous and possibly even life-threatening.

Other Reasons Why You Should Not Receive Shots at Home

Most board-certified allergists do not allow patients to receive shots at home because of the risks of the patient having a severe allergic reaction. Many at-home allergy shot treatments are also too weak to be effective for patients. National guidelines for allergy shots recommend only that these shots under medical guidance and supervision. Our staff is specially trained to recognize any potential risks and adverse reactions to shots, and we always recommend treating symptoms early so that the problems can be avoided.

Allergy shots are not only proven, but also-cost effective. If you are going to spend the time and money to be treated, get treated by board-certified specialists in allergy at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia.

Providing a Comprehensive Approach to Your Allergy Care

One of the ways we apart from other allergy clinics is our dedication to providing comprehensive allergy care. That means we don’t simply give you medications to take home or give you a shot and expect treatment to be done. Quality care begins from the moment you pick up the phone, when you step through our doors, and continues even long after your treatment ends.

If you would like schedule an allergy test and find relief from your symptoms, don’t wait! Call the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to see how we can help you.