Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a form of treatment used for certain allergies. It can also be helpful in some cases of asthma in which symptoms are triggered by allergies and aren't helped by medications or avoidance of allergens (allergy-causing substances). Immunotherapy involves multiple injections of an allergen over the course of several years. This slowly builds up the body's tolerance to that allergen, which means that the allergic reaction to that specific allergen will eventually decrease in severity.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995–2015 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.
Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:
In This Issue
Download Winter 2016 (PDF)
From healing paws to poetry programs, see the innovative and inspiring ways Seattle Children's goes beyond traditional medicine to heal kids. The KING 5 HealthLink special “Healing the Spirit” is hosted by Jean Enersen.
Meet Seattle Children’s Hospital patients who experienced hope for healthier lives because of
. Hear from other kids about why research matters to them and should matter to you.
Seattle Children’s is advancing the understanding of pediatric neurological systems, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Brain conditions span from concussions to brain tumors to epilepsy. We are working to unravel the mechanisms beneath these disorders, laying the foundation for innovative treatments, prevention strategies and...