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Allergy Shots (SCIT or SubCutaneous Immunotherapy)


Allergy Shots (Subcutaneous immunotherapy or SCIT)

 
When you get allergy shots, they are specifically and individually tailored to  your allergies.  Noone else has a allergy vaccine exactly the same as yours.  

 

Allergy shots are given once a week.  While climbing to the target dose, these shots must be done in our office, or the office of another physician where there is expertise and equipment to treat a reaction in the unlikely event of one occurring.  This is because there is a greater (albeit small) chance of a reaction occurring when the dose is being increased.  After you reach your target dose, we can teach you or a family member or friend to do the shots at home.  You must agree to stringent safety measures if you choose this option:  always have your auto-injectable epinephrine (Epipen or TwinJect) and liquid antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec, etc) with you, always have another adult with you for 20 minutes after the shot, and always have a land line or cell phone capable of reaching emergency responders.


 
Most reactions are just small red areas in the arm.  You need to call and let us know if you have redness greater than the size of a dime after an injection, or if you have any general symptoms like hives, chest tightness or shortness of breath.  

 
Insurers generally pay either the cost of making your vaccine entirely, with you paying a shot co-pay (usually $10-12) OR ask you to pay part of the cost of making the vial, with no copay for shots.  Compare SCIT and SLIT