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Why Did My Allergy Shot Schedule Change With My New Allergist?

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I have been receiving allergy shots for several years. I recently signed up with a new allergist. They've asked me to come in every week for the shots before I am put back on a monthly basis. Why was there a change in the frequency of the shots?

This is a common scenario. It happens when patients switch their allergy shots from one clinic to a new one. If you have been receiving them at your maintenance dose, (once a month at one clinic, and doing well) your allergy shot protocol could be transferred to another allergist without any issue.

Some allergists want to become familiar with you. This includes your:

  • Clinical history
  • Allergen immunotherapy treatment sets (e.g., examine the individual allergens and their doses)
  • Shot schedule

While they do this process, the new allergist may choose to change your shot schedule. They may administer your allergy injections once a week instead of continuing the once-a-month schedule.

Once you are established in the new clinic, the decision should be made to go to your previous shot schedule. Some allergists may continue your previous schedule without changes. When it’s time to refill your treatment set(s), your new allergist will follow clinic protocols to plan the sets. They’ll decide on the administration schedule.

Allergy, Immunotherapy, Treatment
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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