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Allergy Shots Specialist

Kevin Farnam, MD -  - Allergist

Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center

Kevin Farnam, MD

Allergist located in Pasadena, CA

Allergy Shots are one of the most effective ways to manage allergy problems of many types. Kevin Farnam, MD, an allergist serving patients at Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center, located in Pasadena, CA, can design a custom treatment plan for each patient.

Allergy Shots Q & A

What Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are injections that are regularly given to people who suffer from allergic diseases. By repeatedly injecting the allergen into the body in increasingly larger amounts, the patient will eventually have a change in their immune system. Over time, they will go from being allergic to non-allergic to the substances in the injections.

What Diseases Can Allergy Shots Treat?

Allergy shots can treat allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, allergic conjunctivitis and insect allergies.

How Do Allergy Shots Compare to Sublingual Immunotherapy?

Allergy shots are also known as subcutaneous immunotherapy, while exposure to the allergen orally is known as sublingual immunotherapy. With sublingual immunotherapy, the patient will place a tablet or a liquid containing the allergen underneath the tongue. As with allergy shots, patients who use sublingual immunotherapy will eventually build up a resistance to the allergen and become non-allergic. However, sublingual immunotherapy is inferior to allergy shots in a couple of ways. First, it must be done every day. Additionally, sublingual immunotherapy can only treat allergies to grass and weeds while allergy shots can treat many other allergens as well.

How Do Allergy Shots Work?

In the initial phase of treatment, patients will have allergy shots once a week. After the maintenance dose is reached, the frequency of allergy shots is reduced to once a month. Patients typically continue having monthly shots for 3 to 5 years, at which point they will have achieved a long term cure for their allergic disease.

What Are the Long Term Effects of Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots can actually alter the normal progression of an allergic disease. For example, many people who suffer from nasal allergies will eventually have asthma as well, especially children. However, patients who have allergy shots may actually be able to stop the progression, avoiding the development of asthma. It's also common for people with one allergy to develop other allergies. However, people who complete a course of allergy shots are more likely to avoid new allergies.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dr. Farnam's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Excluding these specific plans: Blue Cross Select PPO Health Net Enhanced Care PPO

Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Health Net
United Healthcare