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teen years after vaccination is discontinued.

Allergen Immunotherapy (allergy shot) is a treatment strategy that aims for long-term control of environmental allergies by decreasing your immune system's sensitivity and ability to react to allergens. This type of allergy treatment is very useful for people who require allergy medication every day, can't avoid specific allergens like dust mites, molds or animal danders, or have severe seasonal allergies. Allergy vaccines containing the materials causing your allergies are injected under the skin, using a tiny needle, in increasing amounts until a maximum target dose is reached. Over time, a state of tolerance develops to the material, and the part of the immune system causing allergies becomes less responsive to the allergens.

During the build-up phase, the injections are  given once or twice weekly. It typically takes about twenty-six injections to reach the maximum dose, but the maximum dose you will receive depends on your sensitivity. Thereafter, the maximum tolerated dose within the target range  becomes the maintenance dose, and the interval between shots is gradually increased to once a month. The vast majority of immunotherapy patients have improvement in allergy symptoms, quality of life and decreased medication requirements. Responders have the option of stopping their shots after thirty-six months. Most studies show symptom improvement persists up to fif
This type of therapy is available for allergies to animal dander, dust mites, pollens and molds. Patients must wait at least fifteen minutes after an allergy injection to observe for an allergic reaction. It is not unusual for a small hive to occur at the site of the injection. Rarely, extremely sensitive individuals can have hives and asthma. Doctor King's supervision and provision of all injections improves the safety of the procedure in the event treatment is required for an unexpected event. Alternative forms of therapy including drops under the tongue that are swallowed  have not been shown to be as effective as injection therapy. It has also been difficult to document long-term effectiveness or changes in the immune system seen with injection therapy.
 
Allergen Immunotherapy has been shown to have numerous effects on the immune system that increase your tolerance to allergens. These include the production of  antibodies called IgG4 and IgA that block allergens from interacting with the immune system. It also causes the production of a substance called Il-10 on the surface of the nose and elsewhere which  has anti-allergy effects. Other effects include the production of cells known as regulatory lymphocytes which redirect the immune systems reaction to a more typical non-allergic response.
 
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