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Allergy Shots Update


Mondays and Tuesdays: 10:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., closed 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday:  No Shots
Thursdays and Fridays: 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., closed 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.


Allergy injections may not be given if:

• You have a temperature over 100 degrees.
• You are wheezing or your asthma is not controlled. Make an appointment with a doctor first.
• 24 hours before or after other injections, immunizations, or local anesthesia is given.
• You are on a beta-blocker medication.
• You are pregnant.
• Avoid exercise just before or after a shot-it might increase the risk of reaction

You may be having a systemic reaction to the injection:  If you have hives, swelling, itching, tightening in your throat or chest, cough, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or low blood pressure,  CALL 911 and go to the nearest Kaiser Permanente Emergency Room or Urgent Care Clinic.

If your arm has any raised, firm swelling or induration greater than the size of a quarter (> 22mm) or hives around the site of the injection WITHIN FOUR HOURS of your injection, CALL the Allergy Clinic IMMEDIATELY.

CALL the Allergy Clinic BEFORE your next injection so your allergist can adjust your dose appropriately in time for your next visit:
• If your shot causes any delayed local swelling, redness, itching or pain in an area larger than the size of a quarter FOUR HOURS AFTER leaving the allergy department CALL
• You have missed an allergy injection for more than 30 days if you are on a weekly allergy shot schedule
• You have missed an allergy injection for more than 8 weeks if you are on a monthly maintenance allergy shot schedule
• If you are experiencing more allergy or asthma symptoms than usual.

It is recommended to take an antihistamine PRIOR to your allergy shot to minimize any swelling, redness, and local itching that may occur around the site of your allergy injection.  Ice, Over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% cream, and oral antihistamines may be used to minimize swelling, itching, and redness.