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Allergy Shots Specialist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC -  - Allergist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC

Allergist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY & New Rochelle, NY

When medications are not sufficient, allergy shots may be helpful. Dr. Schnipper, a board-certified Allergist located in Murray Hill, New York, and New Rochelle, New York, can discuss the potential benefits of allergy shots with you. For more information about allergy shots, call the Steven Schnipper MD PC office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.

Allergy Shots Q & A

What are allergy shots, and how do they work?

Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is a way of making patients less allergic. Each week, the patient receives an injection containing allergens. The dose is slowly increased each week, until the patient develops a tolerance. Once the maintenance does is achieved, allergy shots are continued on a monthly basis. This is usually continued for about three to five years, although some patients choose to continue it for longer. This approach is helpful for the vast majority of patients that receive it, and most patients find that they have fewer symptoms and need to take less medication. 

Allergy shots are not for everybody. For many people, avoiding the allergens and taking medication is enough to control symptoms. However, for those who are not receiving adequate relief, or for those who do not like taking daily medicines, allergy shots can be a useful option. 
 
Another option for some people is sublingual immunotherapy. This involves an FDA-approved sublingual (under-the-tongue) pill that can help with some allergies. It may not be as strong as traditional allergy shots, but it may be appropriate for some people. 
 
For more information about allergy tests and allergy shots, call Steven Schnipper MD PC or book an appointment online today.