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What are risks of getting allergy shots for asthma?

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The most common side effects of allergy shots for asthma are redness and swelling at the site of the shot. Rarely, the shots can bring anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal. Always get the shots in the presence of experts who can control bad reactions.

The shots may not be safe for people with uncontrolled asthma or other health conditions, such as heart disease. And they may not be a good idea for people on certain medications, such as beta-blockers. The shots aren’t used in children under 5.

From: Allergy Shots for Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What are Allergy Shots?"  Grayson, M. and Holtzman, M. 2005.  Stokes, J. and Casale, T. , 2006. Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Sublingual Immunotherapy."



ACP Medicine,American Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What are Allergy Shots?"  Grayson, M. and Holtzman, M. 2005.  Stokes, J. and Casale, T. , 2006. Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Sublingual Immunotherapy."



ACP Medicine,American Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

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