Cluster Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, asthma, and venom/fire ant allergy for appropriate patients. It consists of a series of injections (shots) of a solution containing the substances to which you are allergic (allergens). During the build-up phase, the strength and amount of the solution is gradually increased with each dose until the strongest dose is reached, called the “maintenance dose”. In traditional immunotherapy, because treatments are administered 1-2x/week, this process takes several months. In cluster immunotherapy, the build-up phase is greatly accelerated. Unlike traditional immunotherapy, the build-up phase occurs over a period of weeks, rather than months. The length of the maintenance phase remains the same – typically 3-5 years. Once the maintenance dose is reached, patients only need to come in once monthly for their injections. The cluster immunotherapy schedule is ideal for patients who want to quickly reach their maintenance dose.