Take a mini self-assessment test.
To assess whether or not your allergy injections are beneficial, recall your symptoms or the condition that brought you to our office. For some, this may have been frequent respiratory, sinus or ear infections, uncontrollable asthma or uncontrollable allergy symptoms (sneezing, itchy eyes, nose or palate, runny nose, watery eyes, etc.) Reassess those symptoms now; usually some improvement will have occurred in about 6-12 months.
Keeping a diary of writing down your symptoms in a daily basis might help you notice your improvement.
- Are my allergy symptoms better?
- Am I using less medication?
- Am I having less frequent sinus, ear or respiratory infections?
- Is my asthma under better control?
- Do I feel better?
- If I miss my allergy injection, do I feel worse?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are starting to exhibit improvement from your allergy injections.
Assessing for improvement can also be accomplished by reviewing your symptom changes over the years you have been on allergy injections. Compare apples to apples when assessing for improvement. Specifically, compare same seasons (i.e. spring to spring). Compare the spring before starting allergy injections to the subsequent springs after starting allergy injections. Your own symptoms vary from season to season so comparing fall to spring will be misleading.