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Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Services 133 Littleton Road, Suite 103
Westford, MA 01886

Allergy Shots

What are allergy shots?

Allergen immunotherapy injections or “allergy shots” are prescribed for patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergies), allergic asthma or life threatening reactions to insect stings. Immunotherapy is the only medical treatment that could potentially modify allergic disease. Some studies have shown that it may have a preventive role in allergic children, possibly preventing asthma from developing in some patients with allergic rhinitis. Immunotherapy would be considered for individuals, who have moderate or severe symptoms not adequately controlled by environmental control measures and/or medications.

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Patient Responsibilities

ALL patients are asked to:

  • Wait at least 30 minutes after each injection
  • Be seen for a follow up appointment at least twice a year
  • Notify the nurse if there have been any changes in your medical condition(s) or medication(s)
  • Notify the nurse if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  • Notify the nurse if you had any reactions to your last injection
  • Notify the nurse if you have not been feeling well lately, have had a fever, have been coughing/wheezing or have had a significant increase in recent allergy symptoms

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