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What Is Rush Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for allergies. A series of allergy shots given over a period of years can radically decrease sensitivity to allergens. Unfortunately, the extended time period does require a long-term commitment, and does not offer quick relief to the most vulnerable. Those Atlanta allergy sufferers looking for a faster solution may consider rush immunotherapy.
Rush immunotherapy is a newer approach to allergy shot treatment that speeds up the process from the initial consultation to the eventual desensitization. The allergy sufferer receives shots under the supervision of an allergist, but with rush immunotherapy, the build-up phase is condensed into a shorter period. In approximately two weeks, a patient can free themselves from the fear of a serious allergic reaction.
How Does Rush Immunotherapy Treatment Work?
After determining that rush immunotherapy is the best treatment option, you’ll set an appointment for Chacko Allergy to administer a series of allergy shots over the course of around 5–6 hours. The allergen dose will be gradually increased as the patient is closely monitored for any possible adverse reaction.
A follow-up appointment with Dr. Chacko will take place around two weeks later, using the same pattern of periodic shots over the visit. The doses will continue to increase to desensitize the patient’s immune system to the presence of the allergens. While there is no complete cure for allergies, the adult or child patient should subsequently be able to come into contact with the allergen without fear of a reaction or anaphylaxis.
What Are the Health Implications of Rush Immunotherapy?
If an allergy is life-threatening, it may be appropriate to opt for this accelerated process. A consultation with Dr. Chacko will determine if rush immunotherapy is the best approach for you. Receiving allergy shots within the shorter time period could increase the risks of a reaction, when compared to alternate methods. However, all allergy shots will be administered under medical supervision in one of our Georgia clinics.
Common Questions About Rush Immunotherapy
Does rush immunotherapy work for food allergies?
Rush immunotherapy is typically used to treat reactions to insect bites and stings, pollen, pet dander and mold, as well as for allergic asthma. Oral immunotherapy is an effective treatment for food allergies.
What are the main benefits of rush immunotherapy?
The main benefits include the speed in reaching immunity, the lower frequency of doctor visits and of course, the long-term relief from severe allergies.
Is rush immunotherapy treatment appropriate for my child?
Rush immunotherapy is appropriate for many children. A consultation with Dr. Chacko will look at the severity of the allergy, any previous treatments the child has received, plus other factors. Together you will determine the approach that is best for your child.
Get in Touch to Discuss Rush Immunotherapy
Find out if rush immunotherapy is the right option for your allergies. We are located in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Contact our allergy treatment center at 678-668-4688.