Doctor wants to hold off on allergy shots. I would like them soon.
June 13, 2014 5:53 PM Subscribe
My go-to OTC allergy med isn't working well, and my ragweed/pollen allergies are going crazy. I went to the allergist and she gave me a nasal spray to try, then said I could use allergy shots in the fall. I told her that I would like to try them right away (she said they have a chance of eliminating allergies, which would be a miracle!), but she doesn't want to use them yet. The nasal spray doesn't seem to be working. Should I force the issue, or is she right to be cautious?
posted by BuddyBoo to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Her reasoning is that since it's ragweed season, the shots could potentially make my allergic reactions worse. But the thing is... I honestly don't care if they get worse short-term; my allergy fits are already bad enough! I just want to get started on the shot therapy so my allergies are eventually GONE, or at least reduced in severity. I understand that I'd be on them for years, and I am prepared for the commitment.
Since the med she gave me (Dymista) isn't really working - and I've basically tried every other OTC option - do you think I should push for the shots this summer? I'm sure she has a point, but unless the shots bring me to death's door I'd like to start them soon since I'll probably spend my summer sneezing and wheezing anyway. Input from doctors, allergists, and whoever has been on allergy shots in the past are most welcome.