Immunotherapy is an effective way to boost your tolerance to certain allergens, but you don’t have to wait months to experience the benefits of this unique allergy treatment. Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Southlake and Fort Worth, Texas, offers cluster immunotherapy to patients who want to build their allergen tolerance in weeks, rather than months. To learn more about cluster immunotherapy, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates or schedule an appointment online.
Traditional immunotherapy, or allergy shots, increase your tolerance to a certain allergen by injecting you with a small amount of the allergen over a series of months. Over time, your allergist gradually increases the doses to decrease your immune system’s sensitivity to the allergen.
While traditional immunotherapy is highly effective at treating and reducing your allergy symptoms — particularly for allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and allergic conjunctivitis — it can take several months to reap the benefits of this treatment.
Cluster immunotherapy begins working in a matter of weeks rather than months. During a single visit, you may receive two to three allergy shots every 30 minutes. By the end of your two-hour visit, you can complete a month’s worth of injections.
Cluster immunotherapy is a safe, effective treatment for allergy sufferers. Like its traditional counterpart, cluster immunotherapy can help treat your allergy — not just the symptoms — so you can feel lasting relief.
The main advantage of cluster immunotherapy is that it works quickly, allowing you to feel its benefits much sooner than conventional immunotherapy.
While conventional immunotherapy may take up to a year, cluster immunotherapy is done over the course of approximately 10 weeks.
Every patient’s cluster schedule is different, depending on the severity of your allergy, but a typical injection schedule at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates looks like:
During the first week, you’ll visit the office twice for two rounds of immunotherapy (3 injections each).
You’ll visit the office twice, once for three injections and again for two injections.
Weeks three through five typically includes one visit a week for two injections each time.
During week six, you’ll come in for a single maintenance injection.
Starting at week seven, you’ll begin maintenance doses every five to seven days. Over the coming weeks, your allergy and immunology team will start spreading out these doses.
Cluster immunotherapy does carry a higher risk of causing allergic reactions than traditional immunotherapy. For that reason, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and other medications may be given to reduce your symptoms during treatment.
Currently, immunotherapy is the only allergy treatment that has the potential to cure your allergies. To learn more about cluster immunotherapy, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates or book an appointment online.