Intralymphatic Immunotherapy

Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic

Allergists, Asthma Specialists, & Immunologists located in the Pacific Region

Intralymphatic immunotherapy is one of the most recent and exciting developments in allergy treatments. The doctors at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic offer this cutting-edge treatment that delivers faster relief from your allergies than you’ll get from allergy shots and other types of immunotherapy. To learn if you’re a good candidate for intralymphatic immunotherapy, schedule an appointment online or call one of the 13 offices throughout the Pacific Region, including Fremont, Oakland, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and San Leandro, California; Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon; Bellevue, Fishers Landing, Longview, and Salmon Creek, Washington; and Eagle, Idaho.

Intralymphatic Immunotherapy Q & A

What is intralymphatic immunotherapy?

Intralymphatic immunotherapy (ILIT) is an innovative allergy treatment that injects your allergen directly into your lymph nodes. Like all types of immunotherapy, introducing the allergen allows your immune system to build tolerance so it eventually stops triggering allergic reactions. 

However, ILIT has two important benefits over allergy shots and sublingual immunotherapy:

Fewer treatments

Allergy shots are administered at least once weekly at first, then they’re reduced to one shot a month for 3-5 years. With sublingual immunotherapy, daily home dosing is required and can continue for many years. By comparison, ILIT requires only three lymph node injections given 4 weeks apart.

Rapid results

Allergy shots and sublingual immunotherapy take years to provide optimal symptom relief and lasting results. Since the lymphatic system is responsible for triggering the immune response that causes an allergic reaction, delivering allergens directly into the lymph nodes quickly builds up immune system tolerance. Instead of waiting years, ILIT provides allergy relief in weeks.

What allergies are treated with intralymphatic immunotherapy?

The doctors at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic may recommend ILIT to patients with allergies to:

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander

These airborne allergens are the top causes of allergies, and they’re so widespread that they’re nearly impossible to avoid.

How is intralymphatic immunotherapy delivered?

Your doctor at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic uses ultrasound imaging to see the lymph nodes and the needle as the allergen is injected. This type of ultrasound-guided technique ensures the shot is placed in the right location. It’s also important to know that lymph node injections are well tolerated; they’re comparable to getting a typical allergy shot.

Your three injections are spaced one month apart. Within a few months, your immunotherapy is finished and your allergies are significantly diminished, or in many cases, eliminated. 

Intralymphatic immunotherapy is only offered at the Fremont, California, office.

Am I a good candidate for intralymphatic immunotherapy?

The only way to know if you’re a good candidate is to schedule a consultation. You talk with the allergy specialists at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic about your symptoms and have an allergy test to verify your allergens. Based on all the information collected, they decide if lymph node injections are the best treatment for you.

If you need relief from allergy symptoms and you’d like to see if you’re a good candidate for intralymphatic immunotherapy, call Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic or schedule an appointment online.