Allergy immunotherapy, also known as IT, has been an effective and life-changing treatment option for patients that suffer from allergies for over one hundred years. With IT, many patients can experience a life without allergy symptoms such as stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing.
While medications such as antihistamines and nasal sprays can mask symptoms, allergy IT treats the underlying problem that is causing those symptoms in the first place.
Patients who complete an allergy IT program often report an improved quality of life as they can enjoy time outdoors for the first time, adopt the dog they’ve always wanted, dramatically improve asthma control, or get rid of recurring sinus infections once and for all.
This treatment consists of weekly walk-in injections that can take up to a year to complete. In 6-12 months, you will complete the build-up phase and begin the maintenance phase.
A one-time, 5 hour appointment is scheduled for you to receive 6 rounds of injections every 25-30 minutes. This treatment mimics approximately 6 months of traditional immunotherapy. Following this visit, you will complete 6 months of weekly walk-in injections. You may receive 2 shots per week, as long as there are 48 hours between injections. After 3-6 months, you will complete the build-up phase and will visit with a provider to begin the maintenance phase.
Your provider will schedule weekly appointments over the course of 8 weeks. Weeks 1-3 are three hour appointments, weeks 4-7 are two hour appointments, and week 8 is a one hour appointment. For each appointment, you will receive several rounds of injections. Once you have reached the 8th appointment, you will visit with a provider to begin the maintenance phase.
*You must be approved by a provider to undergo rush and cluster immunotherapy. Treatment times may vary if your treatment is interrupted due to tardiness, adverse reactions, pregnancy, or illness.
Your Allergy Immunotherapy Program is made up of 2 phases, a build up phase and a maintenance phase. In the build up phase, your provider will gradually increase your allergen dosage over time to build an immune system that will resist an allergic reaction.
The build-up phase consists of 3 different treatment options: traditional immunotherapy, rush immunotherapy, and cluster immunotherapy. Rush and cluster immunotherapy are accelerated programs that are unique offerings specific to Premier Allergy & Asthma. At your first skin test appointment, you can discuss with your health care provider which option is right for you
The maintenance phase is the second half of your allergy immunotherapy program. After your provider gradually increases your allergen dosage over time in the build up phase, you will enter into the maintenance phase. At this point, you will receive doses less frequently, eventually only receiving them once a month. This phase is recommended for at least 3 years.
At this point in the allergy immunotherapy process, most patients are feeling significant symptom relief. You will now receive injections every other week for 6 months, followed by monthly injections for the duration of your treatment.