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What kind of testing is needed before getting allergy shots for asthma, and what kinds of allergens do they cover?

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Before you get allergy shots for asthma, your doctor will want to do allergy testing. This is a way of finding out which allergens affect you. It will probably involve skin testing, in which a small amount of the allergen is scraped onto or injected under your skin. Allergy shots aren't available for every kind of allergy.

Allergy shots for asthma include shots for:

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dander
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches

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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