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RUSH Immunotherapy Specialist

The Allergy Clinic

Allergists located in Houston, Pearland, and Pasadena, TX

When you have allergies, antihistamines and other medications aren’t always effective, and allergy shots require a time commitment. At The Allergy Clinic, the team of allergists, at locations in Houston, Pasadena, and Pearland, Texas, provide rush immunotherapy, which reduces the build-up phases of allergy shots and shortens your treatment time — meaning faster relief. Call one of The Allergy Clinic locations or book an appointment online to learn more about rush immunotherapy.

RUSH Immunotherapy Q & A

What is RUSH immunotherapy?

RUSH Immunotherapy is a quicker way to desensitize you to specific allergens. Instead of using conventional allergy shots that involve six months of regular appointments, RUSH immunotherapy greatly compresses the time frame to a few days or weeks. It’s an advanced allergy treatment that gets you feeling relief rapidly.

 

What types of allergies does RUSH immunotherapy address?

RUSH immunotherapy is most effective on seasonal allergies and some year-round allergies. These include:

  • Grass pollen
  • Ragweed pollen
  • Tree pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Molds
  • Dust mites

 

RUSH immunotherapy cannot be used to address food allergies, however, the team does offer desensitization to specific foods. Please contact The Allergy Clinic for more information.

 

How does the process of RUSH immunotherapy work?

With traditional immunotherapy, the process of building up your immune system with exposure to the allergens can take 6-8 months. Rush immunotherapy greatly reduces that treatment time.

The specialists at The Allergy Clinic test your skin to find out your exact allergens. They then create a compound that contains these specific allergens.

Three days ahead of your first office visit, you take a combination of medicine to lower your immune system’s response. At your visit, you get a concentrated dosage of the immunotherapy in one day — in a controlled environment so the doctors can monitor your response — and then you move to a maintenance dosage.

 

What should I expect during RUSH immunotherapy?

You come to The Allergy Clinic office in the morning and get increasingly higher doses of the compound containing your allergens. You’re constantly monitored for adverse reactions, and after completing the last dose, you stay in the office another hour or two to make sure no other reactions develop.

You’ll come in once a week for injections over the next 6-8 weeks, and then the schedule tapers off until you need to come in only once every 3-4 weeks for maintenance.

 

Who is a candidate for RUSH immunotherapy?

The doctors at The Allergy Clinic determine your major allergens and evaluate your overall health to ensure rush immunotherapy is for you.

Most people who are a candidate for allergy shots react well to rush immunotherapy. While there is a slightly higher risk of having a reaction to an allergy shot during rush immunotherapy, you are monitored closely so quick treatment is possible.