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Pregnancy & Immunotherapy

How does pregnancy affect immunotherapy?

There is no medical evidence to suggest that allergy immunotherapy is harmful to a pregnant woman or to her baby.  However, to be extra cautious, most NYC doctors do not start allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) during pregnancy. Most NY allergists also delay allergy testing on a pregnant woman until after the child’s birth.

On the other hand, if a woman becomes pregnant during the course of her allergy immunotherapy treatment (a period of up to five years), it is customary to continue treating her, only with a modified schedule.  Rather than continuing to give increasing doses, most New York allergy doctors will give the patient the same dose at every visit during her pregnancy. After giving birth, she will again start to receive higher and higher doses. With this treatment plan, she will maintain the level of immunity that she had before becoming pregnant and pick up where she left off once she has had the baby.

 

If you are interested in more information about pregnancy and immunotherapy, the associates and specialists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers can help.  We convenient clinics throughout New York City: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, & Queens.  We have pediatric and adult patients from around the NYC metropolitan area: Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  We can also help you find relief for nasal and sinus problems, asthma, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) symptoms, skin conditions, and respiratory allergies. To make an appointment, call NYASC today at 212-686-4448.

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