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What are allergy shots?

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Allergy shots help your body get used to allergens, the things that trigger an allergic reaction. They aren’t a cure, but in time, your symptoms will get better and you may not have symptoms as often.

You may want to consider allergy shots -- also called " immunotherapy" -- if you have symptoms more than 3 months a year and medicines don’t give you enough relief.

From: Allergy Shots: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

National Institutes of Health.

The John Hopkins Sinus Center: "Sublingual Immunotherapy."

UpToDate: "Oral and sublingual immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

National Institutes of Health.

The John Hopkins Sinus Center: "Sublingual Immunotherapy."

UpToDate: "Oral and sublingual immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 29, 2018

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