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    Do Allergy Shots Work for Everyone?

    A lot depends on how many things you're allergic to and how severe your symptoms are. Generally, allergy shots work for allergies to bee stingspollendust mites, mold, and pet dander. There’s no proof that they work for food, drug, or latex allergies.

    When Should I Call My Doctor?

    Get on the phone and go to the nearest emergency room if you have shortness of breath, a tight throat, or any other symptoms that worry you after getting your shot.

    Do I Have to Get a Shot?

    There is another type of immunotherapy: three under-the-tongue tablets that you can take at home. Called Grastek, Oralair, and Ragwitek, they treat hay fever and boost your tolerance of allergy triggers.

    What Is Rush Immunotherapy?

    It’s a faster way to get to a maintenance dose, but it’s also riskier.

    During the first part of the treatment, you get doses of the allergen every few hours instead of every few days. Your doctor will check on you closely, in case you have a bad reaction. In some cases, you may get medicine before you get the dose of the allergen, to help prevent a reaction.

    Who Should Not Get Allergy Shots?

    They may be more risky for people with heart or lung disease, or who take certain medications. Tell your allergist about your health and any medicines you take, so you can decide if allergy shots are right for you.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on October 26, 2014
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