Allergy Shots Specialist

Travis Sifers, MD -  - Allergy & Immunology

The Center for Allergy & Immunology

Travis Sifers, MD

Allergy & Immunology located in Kansas City, MO & Lee's Summit, MO

If you can’t bear the thought of taking oral allergy medications forever, allergy shots offer an effective alternative for lasting allergy relief. At The Center for Allergy & Immunology, board-certified specialist Travis Sifers, MD, brings his extensive expertise to the treatment of both adult and pediatric allergies, and he’s ready to help you at offices in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Call the nearest office or book your appointment online today.

Allergy Shots Q&A

What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, are injections that gradually desensitize your immune system to certain allergic triggers (allergens), such as seasonal allergens, indoor allergens, or insect stings.

With a series of allergy shots, you can potentially achieve long-lasting allergy relief. Allergy shots may also help prevent complications like allergic asthma. 

While most oral allergy medications control symptoms, you must continue taking the drugs over the long term. If you stop taking allergy drugs, symptoms usually recur almost immediately. 

Allergy shots are different because they focus on long-term remission by changing the way your body reacts to allergens.

How do allergy shots work?

After allergy tests to determine your allergens, Dr. Sifers designs a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. The first phase involves building your tolerance to the allergen. The options include:

Traditional schedule

With traditional schedule allergy shots, you start with increasing doses of your allergens once or twice a week. You continue the buildup phase until you reach the target dose in 3-6 months.

Rush schedule

Using the rush schedule, you can speed through the early part of the buildup phase in just one day. You start by taking oral medications that prevent allergic reactions for three days. Then, you receive a series of injections in one day. 

After your injections, you're about halfway through the buildup phase — so the rush approach could potentially cut months off that phase. You then do the last half of your buildup in the traditional way. 

After completing buildup, you enter the maintenance phase. At that point, you get allergy shots less frequently — usually, around once a month. Maintenance allergy shots continue for 3-5 years to ensure long-lasting allergy relief.

Are allergy shots right for me?

The Center for Allergy & Immunology can help you determine whether allergy shots are right for you. Considerations in this decision include:

  • Severity of symptoms
  • Frequency of symptoms
  • Effectiveness of oral medications 
  • Whether you want to avoid long-term oral medication use
  • Whether you can commit the time to immunotherapy 

If you want a long-term solution for allergies but don't have the time to devote to allergy shots, your provider may recommend sublingual immunotherapy. In sublingual immunotherapy, you place a tablet under your tongue. 

The tablet dissolves and delivers a small dose of your allergen, which helps to build your immunity. There currently are FDA-approved sublingual immunotherapy tablets for ragweed and grass allergies.

For help with allergies, call The Center for Allergy & Immunology or click on the online scheduling link.