ZocdocAnswersCan anyone get an allergy shot?

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Can anyone get an allergy shot?

Can I get an allergy shot if I think I'm allergic to bees?

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Allergy shots are a type of immunotherapy that are used to help reduce allergy symptoms when the first line medication do not work. It is also used when the allergic reaction in question is quite deadly (example a food allergy). An allergy shot is actually a series of many shots that people obtain over the course of a certain amount of time. The shots are the actual allergen itself (such as bee venom) given in small enough amounts as not to illicit the allergic reaction. Over time, the immune system develops a tolerance to the allergen. The only people that benefit from allergy shots are those that are allergic to the allergen in question. Thus, it would not be of any benefit to you if you weren't allergic to bees. An allergist would want to first want this to be documented before offering you this therapy. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with an allergist. He or she will ask you questions surrounding your reaction to bee stings in the past. This doctor will likely want to perform allergy testing to see if you are allergic to bees. The next step is to offer you first line therapy that may be less cumbersome and expensive than immunotherapy. I hope that answer helped.

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