WHAT IS IMMUNOTHERAPY
Immunotherapy, sometimes referred to as desensitization, is a series of injections to build up your immunity to those things to which you are allergic. These injections are gradually increased in amount as well as strength until you become less sensitive to those inhaled substances which are causing the problems. Medications may still be needed to relieve symptoms during the desensitization process.
HOW LONG MUST I BE ON INJECTIONS?
The treatment period varies from patient to patient and is normally 2-1/2 to 5 years and continues year-round.
ARE ALLERGY INJECTIONS SAFE?
Because you are receiving substances to which you are allergic, it is possible for a reaction to occur. Systemic reactions are rare, but very serious and require immediate attention! Reactions most frequently occur within 20-30 minutes after your injection. Therefore, each patient must wait in the clinic 30 minutes following an allergy injection so that medical help will be available should a reaction occur.
ARE REACTIONS COMMON?
No. Most allergy injections are safe and free from reactions.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MINIMIZE REACTIONS?
1. Wait in the clinic 30 minutes following each allergy injection.
2. Let the nurse know:
|a. how well you tolerated your last shot||d. if you are ill or have a fever|
|b. about any new drugs you are taking||e. if you are pregnant|
|c. if you are wheezing|
3. Avoid strenuous exercise for one hour before or two hours following your injection.
4. Carry an antihistamine and, if you have asthma, carry a bronchodilator inhaler.
HOW OFTEN MUST I GET MY INJECTIONS?
The first few months injections are given twice a week and then less frequently as the immunotherapy progresses.
SHOULD I GET AN INJECTION IF I'M SICK?
No. Injections will not be given if you are ill, especially if you have a fever or are wheezing. If the illness is related to your allergies, please call the doctor for advice. Be sure the allergist and nurse are told about any changes in your medical condition and any new medications you are taking.
WHERE DO I GET MY INJECTIONS?
We have offices in Draper, Murray, and Ogden. You can get your injections at the location most convenient for you. You do not need an appointment.
For more information please call one of our offices.
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