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Allergy Shots at Home: Benefits of Self-Administered Allergy Injection Treatment

Updated on December 22, 2010

Take Your Allergy Shots At Home

Allergy shots are an effective treatment for a wide range of allergies for many people. Allergy shots are administered through an Allergist or Doctor’s office and can be a costly, but effective treatment plan. Allergy shots provide an alternative method of treatment from prescription medications. The goal of the allergy treatment is for your body to build up an immunity to the allergen and to learn to react appropriately to the allergens. This can improve your overall health and reduce or eliminate the adverse reaction your body has to the allergen. This can result in reduced illness and sinus infections for those suffering from airborne allergies.

I have been administering weekly allergy shots to myself under the supervision of my Doctor and Allergist for 18 months. This has become a convenient and money-saving option for managing my allergies. To find out of this is an option for you, contact your Doctor or Allergist. To administer the allergy injections to myself, I had follow the guidelines outlined by my Doctor:

  • Receive allergy shot treatment on a weekly basis for the fist 6 months in the Doctor’s office and administered by the Allergist.
  • Obtain a prescription from the doctor for an Epi-Pen and keep the filled prescription at home and within reach for the time during and after I administer the injections.
  • Complete written records weekly upon administering the injections to myself on a worksheet provided by the Allergist. record any reactions to the injection site and note the date I administered the injection.
  • Administer the injections on a specific time schedule to maintain the effectiveness of the treatment (in my case, every 7 days).
  • Visit the Doctor on an annual basis to follow up with my treatment plan and obtain a refill for the Epi-Pen.
  • Purchase injection needles (available for sale at the Doctor's office or select local pharmacies) and alcohol swabs for use during the treatment.
  • Do not take any antihistamine drugs and medicines, even over-the-counter ones.
  • Notify the Doctor's office of any problems. It is also a good idea to have another person in the house know how to administer an Epi-Pen in case of emergency.

My Home Treatment Records

Considering Allergy Treatments?

If you believe you are suffering from plant or pet allergies and have not sought treatment, see a doctor or allergist. I saw an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist after suffering from allergies my whole life. I found that as a grew older and moved regional locations in the country, the nature of my allergies changed and I needed to begin a permanent treatment plan. The results of my allergy test 10 years ago were much different than they were as an adult. Learn more about allergy shots (immunotheraphy) at WebMD.

Think that the administration of allergy shots to yourself would be an option you would like to explore with your Doctor? Consider the benefits of the at-home treatment. A treatment plan outlined by our Doctor requires the commitment to take the shots on the specified regular basis (in my case this is a 3 year treatment plan). Allergy shots are not effective for all types of allergies and those specifics can be discussed with your physician. If you are already taking allergy shots or have problems with airborne allergens, consider these benefits I have realized due to self-administration:

  • Insurance companies will not be able to bill for the administration fee a Doctor’s office may charge, so you will save money.
  • If your work or school schedules do not allow for a regular visit to the Doctor or Allergist’s office, you can make sure that the shots are administered regularly at home in a timely manner.
  • As you monitor the injection site after treatment, you will become very aware of reactions and become more familiar with your body’s responses.
  • Allergy shots have provided an alternative to prescription medications which may be more costly over time and have side effectes listed on the warning labels.
  • Ability to travel with the allergy serum and administer the treatment when out of town (note that the serum may require prolonged refrigeration for consideration while traveling). This helps with maintaining un-interrupted treatments.


Allergy Shots as Effective Treatment

Since I began treating my allergies with weekly shots, I have not had a sinus infection. I also had a Balloon Sinuplasty that helped. I no longer sneeze constantly or have post-nasal drip in the back of my throat. I have stayed on track with administering the treatments as planned and on schedule. I have not taken any antihistamines or prescription allergy medications that would counteract my treatment plan. The costs have been low. To obtain injection needles at the pharmacy I have paid about $2.50 for a pack of 10. The cost of alcohol swabs in only about $3 for a several month supply.

Allergy shots are not a treatment option for all allergic problems and may not be the desired treatment plan for each individual. Only your and your Doctor or Allergist can determine the best treatment plan for you. I have had such a positive experience with my treatment that I wanted to share with others looking for options or feedback when considering allergy shots are are looking to find out more about how an at-home injection treatment plan can become a reality.

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      Lewis 

      2 years ago

      Doctors do not like giving an option for at home allergy injections because they can't charge you a co-pay &/or bill your insurance for an office visit.

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      x-fact 

      5 years ago

      I too, am having difficulty finding an allergist in Los Angeles that will allow me to self-administer the shots. Every doctor here wants you to go to the office every time and then wait another 30 minutes on top of that. Don't know what I should do, keep searching perhaps?

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      Roger Walker 

      7 years ago

      I have given myself allergy shots for 22 years. I have tried quitting twice over that time for an extended period. Both times I became quite ill with respiratory problems.

      The problem is, my third allergist over this time has retired and now I am having trouble finding an allergist who will allow me to inject myself. I have an extensive travel schedule and would find it impossible to go to the doctor's office for shots.

      Any suggestions?

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      Ellen_C 

      7 years ago

      Thanks. It has helped me a lot and has worked for me. If my doctor had not presented this treatment plan, I never would have known it was an option for me. I am not a medical expert and won't advise on what people should or should not do, but I want people to explore options with their own doctors.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      7 years ago from Europe

      This is such a great hub and well informing. The awareness is complete and everything you've said here is educating. I want to stress out three more points you have made

      "Visit the Doctor on an annual basis to follow up with my treatment plan and obtain a refill for the Epi-Pen.

      Purchase injection needles (available for sale at the Doctor's office or select local pharmacies) and alcohol swabs for use during the treatment.

      Do not take any antihistamine drugs and medicines, even over-the-counter ones.

      Notify the Doctor's office of any problems. It is also a good idea to have another person in the house know how to administer an Epi-Pen in case of emergency."

      They are very very important to the viewers reading this.

      D.Virtual.Doctor

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