Allergy Testing in Albany, NY
What Can I Expect from My Allergy Shots & Drops?
In most patients, as the strength of the treatment dose is increased, they will experience symptom relief after the injection and eventually the majority of their symptoms should be controlled from shot to shot.
Many times this symptom relief is gradual and patients may not notice exactly how much these shots are helping them. Symptom relief may wear off before you get your next injection, and in this case, your doctor may choose to shorten the interval between injections. For example, if the effects of the shot wear off by the fifth day, your doctor can elect to give your shot at 5–day intervals. Likewise, the interval between shots can be lengthened if you determine that relief does not wear off between shots.
It is important that you note the effect of each shot and report your response at the time you get your next shot. In some situations your shots may have to be temporarily discontinued during times of infection, high stress or uncontrolled medical problems. If you are off your shots for 30 days or more, it will be necessary to reduce the dosage and “build up” again over a short period of time.
What are Some of the Side Effects?
Your shots may have a slight sting that subsides quickly. A small local reaction at the injection site consisting of redness and swelling is not unusual. A local reaction greater than 2 inches in diameter or persisting for more than 48 hours is an indication to adjust your treatment dose or to use medications to control these symptoms. Occasionally, patients experience increased allergy symptoms shortly after receiving their injection. Since allergy shots are made from common biological sources, it is considered safe to administer these shots at established maintenance dosing during pregnancy, without having to discontinue shots or drops.
Joanne Baia, R.N.
Holly Fisk, R.N.
Allergy Center hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
7:30 - 5:00 pm
7:30 - 5:30 pm
Download the Allergy Center Patient Handbook
Allergy Immunotherapy/Allergy Shots & Sublingual Drops Intradermal Testing (IDT) Skin Peak Flow Monitoring Prick Testing Pulmonary Function Testing
Allergy Consent Forms
- Types of Allergies
- Types of Treatments
- What is Immunotherapy?
- What Can I Expect from Allergy Shots?
- Living with Pets
- Meet our Staff
- Mouse and Cockroach Allergens
Anaphylaxis Emergency Care
- American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
- American Rhinologic Society
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
- Institute of Food Science & Technology
- The Gluten-Free Pantry
- The Candida Page
- An Introductory Guide To Celiacs Disease
- Fighting Peanut Allergies With Peanuts
- CDC Food Allergy Report
- Oral Allergy Syndrome
- Eating Gluten-Free for Health
Albany ENT & Allergy Services is a comprehensive practice devoted to the care of adults and children with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. We have a particular interest in allergy diagnosis and immunotherapy as well as sleep disorders, sinus, nasal, parathyroid and thyroid surgeries.
Every patient is unique and treatment is prescribed based on a thorough evaluation utilizing the most current technological advancements available to attain the best possible healing and recovery for each patient. We believe in prompt evaluation and educating patients regarding their diagnosis so that they can play an active role in the decision making and treatment process.
Our clinical experience has shown us that patients who participate in their own health care decisions are far more likely to achieve an optimal level of healing and recovery and our goal is to provide our patients with the necessary tools to accomplish this.