Allergies: Rush Immunotherapy
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.
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 Reference allergy to insect venom Opens New Window, 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 have severe Reference allergic asthma Opens New Window.
- You are about to travel.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology