How to Give Allergy Shots
by Dr. Christopher Chang, last modified on
Allergy injections are NOT administered the same way that vaccines like the flu shot or pediatric shot series are given which are injected into the muscle. Allergy shots are given into the sub-cutaneous tissues instead of the muscle. The subcutaneous tissue is the layer where the fat is... or the layer between the skin and muscle. This article attempts to instruct how one administers allergy shots correctly into the subcutaneous tissues. After understanding how to inject, instructions on the correct amount to be drawn up is given.
As an FYI, intradermal shots are injected into the skin layer itself, usually performed when administering a TB or allergy test. Basically, the goal is to blister the skin.
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Allergy shots are given using a 1cc syringe with a 25 gauge or higher needle. The amounts injected are miniscule and may be confusing for an individual (even for non-allergy physicians and nurses). At least in our practice, the amounts administered are as follows: 0.025 cc, 0.05 cc, 0.10 cc, 0.20 cc, and 0.25 cc. Here are the photos depicting each of these amounts. Click on the picture for a magnified view.
Amount: 0.025 cc
Amount: 0.05 cc
Amount: 0.10 cc
Amount: 0.20 cc
Amount: 0.25 cc
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