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.
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.
Other Works Consulted
- Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (2011). Allergen immunotherapy: A practice parameter third update. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 127(1, Suppl): S1–S55.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 14, 2018