Allergy Shots Side Effects and Warnings
Side Effects and Warnings
#Precautions While Using These Medicines
#Allergy Shots Should Not Be Taken Under These Conditions:
- Having severe asthma that is not controlled with medicine
- Having heart problems
- Taking a beta-blocker
#Discuss Pregnancy with Your Doctor
Women who are pregnant should not begin allergy shots. However, if a woman has been receiving allergy shots for some time when she becomes pregnant, she may be able to continue.
#Discuss Other Medications
Tell your doctor if you are taking or plan to take any medicines, including over-the-counter drugs, for both allergic and nonallergic conditions. Your allergy shots may affect the use of other medicines.
#Continue Other Measures
Allergy shots can greatly reduce allergy symptoms, but are not a guaranteed cure. Therefore, you should continue to avoid known allergens while receiving shots.
#Possible Side Effects
Allergy shots are usually safe. However, because they contain a small amount of an allergen, there is a risk of an adverse reaction. This may be as mild as swelling and redness at the site of the shot, which can last for 1-3 days. However, a serious, life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis can occur. Such a reaction is rare.
You will receive your shot in a doctor's office, and you will be asked to wait 30 minutes after the shot before leaving. If a bad reaction occurs, the medical personnel will be able to treat you immediately.