When starting immunotherapy or allergy shots, there are two phases, the ‘build-up phase’ and the ‘maintenance phase.’ The build-up phase is when your shots gradually increase the doses of the allergen(s) to which you are allergic. Then the maintenance phase begins, in which an effective therapeutic dose of allergen is reached, and shots can decrease in frequency. Patients can then transition to one shot per week for the next year varying patient to patient. There are multiple ways to reach maintenance; traditionally it can take 3-12 months; however, we also offer two accelerated approaches. Cluster shots, which take 4-9 weeks of 1-2 scheduled appointments, and Rush Allergy Shots, which takes 1 scheduled appointment followed by 6-16 weeks of shots.
What is Rush Allergy Shots?
Rush allergy shots help you find relief fast. This regimen of immunotherapy requires 1 full day in one of our office locations, followed by 16 visits over 6-16 weeks, completed at a patient’s convenience. Injections are given every 30 minutes in gradually increasing doses, with a 30-minute waiting period in between each injection. The scheduled appointment is only done in locations with a doctor present, due to the slightly increased risk of reacting.
How do Rush, Traditional, and Cluster Shots Differ?
Traditional immunotherapy requires 2-3 visits a week to the office for allergy shots during the build-up to maintenance. With rush allergy shots you reach maintenance within two days. This allows patients to see symptom improvement quicker, as well as, immediately transition to allergy shots only once a week. This is a great option for adults who travel and might not be able to commit to coming in three times a week during the build-up phase.
Don’t suffer from allergies for any longer, talk to one of our board-certified allergists today about what approach is best for you. Schedule an appointment today.