Some people suffer regularly from allergens. At times medication can keep the symptoms at bay, but both doctor and patient should realize that antihistamines only mask symptoms. They do not affect the root cause. When allergens are unavoidable and medication proves unsuccessful, many times people turn to allergy shots.
What are allergy shots?
Allergen immunotherapy works like a vaccine and involves desensitizing the immune system to specific allergens that trigger immune responses. It involves the administration of specific allergens in increasing doses which can be given in the form of tablets or shots. Allergy shots are injections of allergens that are given in increasing doses to decrease or eliminate allergic symptoms.
Why You Might Need Allergy Shots This Spring?
1. Allergens are most pervasive and severe in Spring.
Spring season means longer days, warmer weather and, of course, blooming flowers! For many, this season is usually great: enjoying the rays of the sun and smell the beautiful scent of a variety of flowers. This is usually not the case for millions of people who suffer from allergic reactions in their immune system. For them, Spring is “allergy season” and they face the onset of itchiness, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and other symptoms. Allergy triggers during this season include pollen from grass, trees and weeds; dust mites; mold spores; pet and rodent dander; cockroaches; and so on. In addition to irritation, these allergens can trigger life-threatening conditions like asthma, rhinitis, and conjunctivitis among others.