(Desensitization; Hyposensitization; Immunotherapy)
Type of Medication
What Allergy Shots Are Most Frequently Prescribed For
How Allergy Shots Work
Precautions While Using These Medicines
Allergy Shots Should Not Be Taken Under These Conditions:
- If you are having severe asthma that is not controlled with medication
- If you are having heart problems
- If you are taking a beta-blocker
- Any children under the age of 5 years
Discuss Pregnancy with Your Doctor
Discuss Other Medications
Continue Other Measures
Possible Side Effects
American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology http://www.acaai.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
Allergy Asthma Information Association http://aaia.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Pregnancy and allergies. American College of Allergy, Asthma andImmunology website. Available at: http://www.acaai.org/allergist/liv%5Fman/pregnancy/Pages/pregnancies-and-allergy-asthma-management.aspx. Accessed December 23, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/23/2014 -