Rush immunotherapy is a treatment option for a wide variety of allergies that involves the administration of allergen injections over an accelerated period of time. Traditionally, immunotherapy required injections weekly or twice each week over a six to eight month period. Over time, the dose was increased to desensitize the patient from allergen. Rush immunotherapy is a carefully monitored process that involves premedication, one day of injections, and follow-up maintenance dosages. Rush immunotherapy has many benefits, including:

  • Faster relief of allergy symptoms
  • No need for weekly or twice a week clinic visits
  • Reduced co-pays
  • Less injections
  • Ideal for those that travel
  • Reduces number of visits and commute time
  • Can help speed the desensitization process for those that wish to avoid allergy medication during pregnancy.

While rush immunotherapy is associated with some incidence of reactions, the reactions tend to be mild and very easily treated. The premedication phase of treatment involves corticosteroids and antihistamines, which greatly reduce the risk of negative or serious reactions. Skin allergy testing will be done before beginning rush immunotherapy and an overall health assessment will be completed to ensure the patient is a good candidate for the treatment. If you suffer from allergies, contact Atlanta ENT today for a consultation to determine if rush immunotherapy is the right treatment option for your unique needs. Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President of Atlanta ENT