WHAT IS CLUSTER IMMUNOTHERAPY?
Cluster immunotherapy is an accelerated version of traditional immunotherapy treatment. In Dr. Reidís office, our standard allergy build up for regular shots consists of 40 visits altogether. In Cluster, this build up period is condensed into a total of 9 office visits.
At each session, the patient will receive 2-3 doses of immunotherapy separated by a 20 minute waiting period between each injection. The cluster shot visit will last between 40 to 60 minutes depending on the dose of the injections on the day of visit. Although, these shot visits are longer than the regular shot schedule, patients can reach maintenance dosages much faster. Cluster shot schedule is very appealing to patients desiring to see results quicker or whose schedule is better suited to a more intensive initial phase of immunotherapy. Once maintenance dosages are reached, patients will return once a month for monthly maintenance injections.
What are the Risks?
Due to rapid escalation in dosing of medication, there can be an increase rate of local reactions. To combat this Dr. Reid and Janel Dawood, P.A-C recommends pre-medication at bedtime prior to the cluster shot visit.
In addition, cluster may not be suited for extremely sensitive patients or those with significant asthma or underlying medical conditions. Dr. Reid and Janel Dawoodo, P.A-C will choose a slightly modified schedule based on your history, symptoms, and test results. Dr. Reid and Janel Dawood, P.A-C will discuss the relative risks and merits of Cluster with you to ensure that you receive immunotherapy in the manner best suited to your individual situation.