When your child gets an allergy shot, an allergist or doctor injects small doses of substances that your child is allergic to (allergens) under the skin. This helps your child's body "get used to" the allergen. As a result, your child may have fewer or no symptoms.
At first, your child may need to get allergy shots once a week. Later, he or she may have them once a month. It may take up to a full year of shots before you see any change in your child's symptoms.
The allergy shot may cause mild symptoms. Examples of these are soreness, redness, warmth, or swelling on the arm where your child got the shot. It may also cause itching, hives, or a rash that spreads to other parts of your child's body.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if your child feels better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 29, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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