Patient Allergy Injection Information

Allergy Shots/Schedule

  • You will begin with low doses of allergy extract with gradual increases in the strength of extract until a maintenance level is reached
  • Injections are administered weekly ( 4-7 day intervals acceptable) for the first 18-24 weeks
  • After the first 18-24 weeks, allergy injections are given every 2 weeks for the following 12 months
  • After this 12 months, allergy injections can be extended to monthly intervals which are usually maintained for the following 3-4 years for a total course of generally 5 years

Problems

  • Call the office in which you receive your injections if your shot has been delayed/missed more than twice as long as your normal interval in order to verify your next dosage prior to arrival
  • Mention large or prolonged (>24 hours) local reactions to the last injection at the time of your next injection so that the dose may be adjusted accordingly
  • Systemic or general reactions, if they occur, are usually immediate and require treatment.  Please call our office if you have a reaction requiring treatment
  • Call our office if you become pregnant to discuss how to continue injections
  • Notify the health care professional administering your injection or call our office if you are starting a beta-blocker (a type of blood pressure or glaucoma medicine)
  • Delay your allergy shot if you are experiencing severe allergy problems, asthma exacerbation, or a febrile illness.  Discuss any changes in your general health with your healthcare professional before the next injection

Remember

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 2 hours after injections
  • Always wait in the health care professional's office for 30 minutes following every injection
  • Report any of the following symptoms of a systemic/general reaction to your healthcare professional immediately:
    • Itching of throat, ears, palms, or soles
    • Hives
    • Sneezing, itchy or runny nose, itchy or water eyes
    • Nausea, cramping, shortness of breath, or tightness in chest or throat
    • Any change in the way you feel after your injection
  • Should any of these systemic/generalized symptoms occur after leaving the office, either return to that office, go to the nearest emergency room, or call 911.  Call our office once you have been treated to discuss the reaction and further treatment
  • Follow up visits in our office will be scheduled at regular intervals to monitor your progress

Date: 1/21/2005

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