Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) are a preventative treatment for allergic reactions. These injections may greatly reduce or even put an end to your allergy symptoms. Other drugs like antihistamines treat your symptoms whereas allergen immunotherapy treats the cause of your allergy symptoms.
An allergen is a substance that triggers your allergies such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, insect venom and mold. Our allergy testing helps identify your allergies.
Immunotherapy injections give you small but gradually increasing doses of your allergen substances just under your skin (subcutaneously). The goal is to desensitize you or dampen down your overreactive immune response to your allergens, which reduces or sometimes even eliminates your allergic symptoms.
Cluster immunotherapy is a method of accelerated desensitization utilizing allergy shots in clusters typically one or two days a week until a maintenance dose is reached. This progression is usually accomplished in four to eight weeks. The advantage of cluster immunotherapy is achieving results in the build-up phase more rapidly than in traditional immunotherapy. Reaction rates using pre-medication are similar to conventional immunotherapy.
If you would like to learn more about how Relief Allergy & Sinus Institute can help you get your allergies under control with cluster immunotherapy, request an appointment today online or call (630) 513-1691.