Health Tip: Getting Answers About Allergy Shots
-- If you have allergies and are tired of battling their symptoms, you should ask your doctor about allergy shots.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this information about allergy shots:
- Allergy shots are often effective against pollen allergies, eye allergies, allergies to bee stings and allergic reactions to some medications.
- Pregnant women should not start taking allergy shots, but might be able to keep taking them if the shots began before pregnancy.
- People with bad asthma or heart problems usually shouldn't get allergy shots.
- Children under age 5 usually shouldn't get allergy shots.
- Initially, allergy shots are given once or twice a week. Eventually, the frequency will drop to about once a month.
- It may take at least six months to get relief from symptoms after you begin allergy shots.
Posted: February 2009