Allergy shots may be a good treatment choice for you if:

  • It's impossible to avoid the things that cause your allergic reactions — and allergy medications don't control your symptoms well
  • Allergy medications cause bothersome side effects or interactions with other medications you need to take
  • You want to reduce your long-term use of allergy medication
  • You're allergic to insect stings

Allergy shots can be used to control symptoms triggered by:

  • Seasonal allergies. If you have seasonal allergic asthma or hay fever symptoms, you may be allergic to pollens released by trees, grasses or weeds.
  • Indoor allergens. If you have year-round symptoms, you may be sensitive to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold or dander from pets, such as cats or dogs.
  • Insect stings. Allergic reactions to insect stings can be triggered by bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets.

Allergy shots aren't available for food allergies or chronic hives (urticaria).

Feb. 22, 2012