This is a continuation of the discussion about allergen immunotherapy (AIT) or “allergy shots” from last week. If you haven’t read the first blog, please look back at that blog
There are two phases of AIT, the build up and maintenance phases. During the build up phase, patients receive increasing concentrations of the allergen. This phase requires more frequent office visits. During the maintenance phase, office visits can be spaced out to up to once a month.
Rush immunotherapy is a safe and well-studied procedure which is ideal for patients with busy schedules. It is usually a two full day procedure where patients receive multiple allergy shots in a monitored setting. By the end of the second day, most patients reach the maintenance vial and require
only several clinic visits to reach the maintenance dose.
Because patients are getting allergy shots on an accelerated schedule, there is an increased risk of systemic reactions. Patients who undergo the procedure will be receive pretreatment with several anti-allergy medications to help prevent reactions.
If you have seasonal allergies, are interested in the procedure, and think you would qualify, please schedule an appointment with one of our allergists.