Traditional Immunotherapy

When medications and lifestyle changes do not alleviate frustrating allergy symptoms, immunotherapy can provide much-needed relief. Subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) builds up immunity to one or more allergens through increasing doses of whatever triggers the allergies. While not a quick fix, many people find their improved health to be well worth the time and effort.

Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Greater Austin Allergy offers two scheduling methods for the initial build-up phase of allergy shots. The long-established traditional immunotherapy protocol requires one or two allergy shot appointments every week for 3-6 months. Patients schedule appointments for days when they can stay for 30 minutes after the shot to be observed for adverse effects. At each office visit, they receive a slightly higher dose than the time before until the highest maintenance dose is attained.

A more progressive protocol we offer is Cluster Immunotherapy, which takes just 6-8 weeks because patients receive 2-3 rounds of injections per office visit.

Once the maintenance dose is reached with either protocol, the dose remains unchanged unless your allergy specialist determines a modification would be beneficial. Shots are spaced out to every 2-4 weeks according to a schedule customized just for you. Most patients require maintenance injections for 3-5 years. While improvement is likely within the first year of immunotherapy, long-term success requires sticking with the program as long as your doctor recommends.

Schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained allergists to learn all about our treatment options and to find out if traditional immunotherapy could lead you to a happier, healthier life.