- Do I need to be tested again, and if so how often?
Your physicians may retest every 1 to 3 years. This allows for adjustment of your allergy extract. New allergies can develop and these may need to be added.
- What do I do when I’m gone on vacations or business travel?
Consistency is the most important aspect of your injections. The more consistent you are with injections, the better results you will receive. When going on vacation or business trips try as much as possible to get an injection just prior to leaving, and as soon as possible upon return. For short trips (< 21 days) allergy injections will be minimally affected.
- Should I receive an injection if I am sick?
If you are ill enough not to go to work or school, postpone your shot. If you are running a fever or having asthma symptoms, do not get an injection until these symptoms have completely resolved. You may receive an injection if you are on an antibiotic or prednisone as long as any fever and/or asthma symptoms have resolved completely.
- Should I tell my other physicians that I am on allergy injections?
Yes, even though this is not a medication. There are medications that should not be given with allergy injections, so please always list your allergy injections on medication forms or whenever asked about medications.
- How long will I be on allergy injections?
The average is between 1 to 3 years. Remaining consistent (weekly) with injections will help achieve a quicker response. Those who have few allergies may respond faster than those who have many allergies. Do not stop the injections on your own; if concerns arise please contact our office to discuss them.
- What do I do if I am moving?
If you are moving out of state, our physicians will transfer your Medical Record to the new allergist. You may take your allergy extract with you to get injections at the new location.
- Can I (or a friend) inject myself at home?
No. This is a treatment with serious implications. Should you have a reaction you would not be able to give yourself CPR or drive yourself to an emergency room or even call for help. Injections should be given in a facility with a medical provider available.
- How do I reorder antigen when it is all gone or expired?
Our office will reorder as necessary.
- What if I am pregnant, or want to become pregnant?
Notify the office immediately if you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant. During the course of your pregnancy you can continue your injections; however, we will not advance/increase your injection dosage during your pregnancy for safety reasons.
- Can I get a shot if I have a rash?
It may depend on the rash and location of the rash. If there is a new rash on the arms we won’t be able to give you an injection. If this is a chronic condition and has not changed or does not involve the arms you can proceed with injections. In general, all new rashes (or hives) will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to call our office to discuss.
- I always get a bump after my shot, is this significant?
Yes, ALL bumps are significant. We need to know how soon after your shot they occurred, how big the final size was before they resolved, and in fact did they resolve? This is your body’s warning signal. Please do not do yourself a disservice by not reporting these bumps.