Photo of a gloved hand holding a syringe as if getting ready to give an allergy shot

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots help your body get used to allergens, the things that trigger an allergic reaction. Individuals who have started allergy shots and are on maintenance dose may continue their injections at Health Services. You may want to avoid exercise or doing anything strenuous for 2 hours before and after your appointment. That’s because exercise boosts blood flow to the tissues and may cause the allergens to spread throughout your body faster. It’s not likely to cause a serious problem, but it’s best to be safe.

To have your allergy injections administered at Health Services, your allergist will need to forward the written orders/injection schedule and antigen to Health Services. 

Patients should allow for a 30 minute wait after their injection(s). This is to watch for any side effects such as itchy eyes, shortness of breath, runny nose, or tight throat.

Redness, swelling, or irritation right around the site of the injection is normal. These symptoms should go away in 4 to 8 hours.