Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?
Here are some reassuring facts:
- Needle size: the needle is very thin at 0.01625 inches; this is smaller than a grain of table sugar, and it is short— only ½ an inch long (comparable to diabetic/insulin needle).
- Injection location: mid-part of the back of the upper arm in that “fatty part.” You know, that area that swings back and forth on your Grandmother. Other injections such as the traditional flu vaccine or tetanus shot are injected into the muscle, and yes, that can be uncomfortable.
- Age: Allergy injections are given to children 5 years old and older; most of these little ones aren’t even phased.
- Volume injected: this varies from 0.05 mL to 0.5 mL and not more than 1 mL. For comparison: 0.05 mL =1 drop, 0.5 mL=10 drops, and 1 mL=20 drops. This is a drop in the bucket!
- Ingredients: natural extracts from pollen, dust mite, mold, and/or animal dander depending on what the allergy tests show for that particular individual. Some extracts are just in water, but many have glycerin as a stabilizer. There is NO added antihistamine or steroids.
Our medical assistant is specially trained in making both children and adult injections nearly painless.
After your allergy injection, you may leave asking “Was that it?”
This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.