Rush immunotherapy effectively treats various allergies, including allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and venom hypersensitivity. At Complete Allergy and Asthma in Houston, Texas, allergy and immunology specialists Niti Chokshi, MD, and Brian Tison, MD, offer Rush immunotherapy to qualifying patients. Treatment is minimally invasive and provides lasting results, preventing the need for weekly injections. Call Complete Allergy and Asthma today to schedule a Rush immunotherapy consultation, or book your appointment online.
Rush immunotherapy, or rapid desensitization, is an immune therapy developed over 90 years ago. It uses a series of shots containing specific allergens to build up an adaptive immune response.
Traditional immunotherapy treatment required patients to visit Complete Allergy and Asthma every week for several months or years. Rush immunotherapy is much quicker and less time-consuming.
During your first visit, your Complete Allergy and Asthma provider administers several injections over several hours. This helps build your body’s immune response much quicker.
For Rush immunotherapy to work, you need to follow precise instructions. Your Complete Allergy and Asthma provider asks you to take medications prior to the procedure such as steroids and antihistamines. Often times, you will be asked to come in for a steroid injection prior to your Rush visit. These drugs block your body’s allergic response, reducing your risk of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
On the day of your appointment, take your medications as advised and eat a healthy breakfast. In addition, make sure to bring your epinephrine pen to the office.
Most Rush immunotherapy treatments last eight hours. You arrive at 8am and leave by 4-5pm. Dress comfortably and wear a short-sleeved shirt. Your provider administers a series of injections into both arms, so they need to be easily accessed.
Because treatment takes the whole day, bring a small lunch, snacks, and drinks. It is particularly important to stay well hydrated throughout the proceedure.
When you arrive at Complete Allergy and Asthma, your provider checks your vitals, including your heart rate and breathing.
After preparation is completed, your provider begins administering the immunotherapy injections. You receive one, two, or three initial injections, depending on how many allergies you have. Afterward, you receive a injections in both arms every 15-30 minutes.
During the Rush visit, your provider checks your blood pressure, pulse, and respiration on a regular basis. Typically you will wait at least an hour after your last injection to ensure that you don’t have a severe allergic reaction.
A week later, you return to Complete Allergy and Asthma for a follow-up appointment.
Call Complete Allergy and Asthma today to see if you’re a candidate for Rush immunotherapy, or book your visit online.