Immunotherapy is an effective way to boost your tolerance to certain allergens. 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 until you reach your maintenance dose. 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 may begin working in a matter of weeks rather than months due to faster build up towards your maintenance dose. Cluster immunotherapy is done over a series of three visits. During a single visit, you may receive two to three allergy shots every 30 minutes during a three hour visit.
Cluster immunotherapy is an 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 four to six months to reach maintenance dose, cluster immunotherapy allows for maintenance dose to be reached in as little as two months.
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.
To learn more about cluster immunotherapy, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates or book an appointment online.