Central Virginia Community College, Associate in Radiology, 1997
Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., 2000
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, 2012 & 2015
American Registry of Medical Assistants, 2014
ECPI University, School of Nursing, 2015
Allergy shots are given Monday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM and Friday 8:30 AM – 1 PM
The ear, nose and throat problems of many of our patients are due to allergies to common inhalants breathed from the air.
Your physician may recommend allergy testing which consists of skin tests to the common inhalant allergens we are exposed to in this area. Prick testing is used as a screening test and then further intradermal testing is done to determine the degree of allergy you may have to each specific allergen.
Skin testing is performed by one of our allergy staff here in our office. Your results are then reviewed and environmental control measures are discussed. In selected cases your doctor may recommend a vaccine be prepared and a series of injections be given to try to improve your symptoms. There are also many ways to help control your exposures within your home. To view a video on environmental control measures, click on the link below.
The 1st allergy shot requires a 30-minute nurse appointment; thereafter, appointments are not required for allergy shots. Do not get your shot if you are ill, running a fever, or have chest congestion or wheezing.
Allergy shots are a long-term commitment. Shots are given on a weekly basis for 12 months while you are building up your dosage. Do NOT expect to see benefits for at least 3-6 months.
Allergies are not cured; they become better controlled by building up your immunity to the specific antigens in your vaccine (as determined by your allergy test). Allergy shots usually last 3-5 years and during this time, you will be spreading them farther apart (from weekly to bi-weekly and finally to monthly). As your symptoms improve and shots are monthly, your doctor will determine the best time to discontinue immunotherapy. There are, however, a small percentage of patients who do not improve while on allergy shots.
Continue taking your antihistamine daily while you build up your allergy shots. This will discourage or lessen any reactions to your shots. When the benefits of immunotherapy are apparent, you may try taking your medication just as needed; your doctor will assist you with this. However, we want you to always take an antihistamine the night before or the morning of your shot!
You should avoid exercise 1-2 hours before and after your shot. You cannot give your own shots; shots must be given by a certified healthcare professional and preferably in a doctor’s office. Shots are NOT given to patients on beta-blocker medications. These are medicines given for high blood pressure, heart disease, seizures, glaucoma and migraines. Tell the allergy nurse immediately if any of your doctors prescribe a new medication.
Your doctor would want to see you in 6 months after starting immunotherapy. After that, an annual allergy check-up is required. If you need medication refills, please contact the Allergy department or your doctor’s nurse.
Immunotherapy is a safe and effective way of treating your allergies, and Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery offers the best practices available.