Why do allergy shots reduce symptoms, but not being constantly exposed to another type of allergen?
Question by CJP: Why do allergy shots reduce symptoms, but not being constantly exposed to another type of allergen?
First of all I’m taking allergy shots, but I’m confused because it doesn’t make sense to me that injecting an allergen can make your body more immune to an allergen whereas constant exposure to allergens (non shot-related) does not seem to be helpful at all.
I’ve heard people say that their pet allergies “went away” after living with a new pet or something, but mine have never done this.
So in a nutshell, why does injecting an allergen through allergy shots help with immunity, while having other types of exposure to allergens make symptoms worse? You’d think if I’m constantly exposed to dust mites, then it’d build up an immunity. I’ve read all kinds of stuff, but I don’t seem to be able to find an answer.
Answer by suzieq_64093
I think it has to do with the shot being injected into the body and it going into the bloodstream faster. I’m not exactly sure either, but this past fall was the best one I’ve had in YEARS. I’ve had just over a year of allergy shots so far. I wish I had done this years ago.
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