Allergy Shots Specialist

Family Health Center of Bastrop

Multi-Specialty Medical Group in Bastrop & Smithville, TX

If you have allergies, you know what it’s like to struggle with symptoms that can make you feel miserable. At Family Health Center of Bastrop, with offices in Bastrop and Smithville, Texas, the in-house allergy specialist can treat allergies with allergy shots to give you relief. To request an appointment, call the practice or schedule online today.

Allergy Shots Q & A

What are allergy shots?

An allergic reaction happens when your immune system comes in contact with a harmless substance and overreacts because it thinks it’s in danger. Your immune system triggers and releases biochemicals that produce uncomfortable symptoms.

If you have tried over-the-counter medications without getting the relief you need, you should consider allergy shots, also called allergen immunotherapy. 

Allergy shots contain a small portion of the allergen that causes you problems, just enough to activate your immune system without causing a reaction. When you continue to expose your immune system to the injected allergen, you ultimately develop a tolerance to it, and your symptoms diminish. In some cases, your allergy symptoms completely go away.

What are the common symptoms of allergies?

Symptoms of allergies include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Hives
  • Skin rashes
  • Swollen tongue, lips, eyes, or face
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Allergy symptoms vary in nature depending on the type of allergen causing your reaction.

What allergies can allergy shots treat?

Allergy shots can treat almost any allergen, including:

  • Pet dander
  • Feathers
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Trees, grass, weeds, and pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites

Allergy shots are not yet available for food allergies. 

How do allergy shots work?

When you visit Family Health Center of Bastrop, your allergy specialist diagnoses and personalizes the compound of allergy injections most suitable for you, then you follow a schedule consisting of two phases:

Build-up phase

During this phase, you get allergy shots one or two times a week to help your immune system stay exposed to the allergen. You continue this schedule for 3-6 months until your allergist determines you’re ready for the next phase.

Maintenance phase

During this phase, you receive decreased doses and less frequent shots. Typically, you get a shot with the same amount of allergen every 2-4 weeks until you reach optimal relief from your symptoms.

Each patient responds to the maintenance phase differently. In most cases, it can continue for 3-5 years. Your allergist continually monitors your response to allergens to help reduce your reactions.

To learn more about allergy shots, call Family Health Center of Bastrop, or book an appointment online today.