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    Allergies: Rush Immunotherapy

    Topic Overview

    Accelerated, or rush, immunotherapy is done very quickly to increase your tolerance to an allergen. There are different schedules for the shots that try to achieve a maintenance dose more quickly than standard immunotherapy. For example, a rush immunotherapy schedule might include:

    • Shots given every few hours instead of every few days or weeks.
    • Maintenance dose reached in 1 to 8 days.

    Rush immunotherapy is usually done by a specialist. Having a severe reaction to this treatment is more likely than with standard allergy shots. All immunotherapy should be done in a doctor's office or clinic so that emergency care is available.

    Rush immunotherapy may be done if:

    • You have a life-threatening allergy to insect venom, and the insect season is about to start.
    • Shots are only available in a clinic that is far away from your home, and you cannot come in once a week for months.
    • You are about to travel.

    Credits

    Current as of: April 7, 2019

    Author: Healthwise Staff
    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
    Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
    Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
    Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine


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