Patients who suffer from allergies understand the impact it can have on their lives. Whether suffering from rhinitis (hay fever), or asthma, allergies can cause everyday life to be uncomfortable. Sublingual immunotherapy has been shown effective and safe for the treatment of hay fever, and asthma caused by allergies to grass, ragweed, dust mites, cat dander, and tree pollens.
What is Sublingual Immunotherapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an alternative to treating allergies, without injections. This can be great for patients or children who do not do well with needles or simply wish to avoid them. Currently, SLIT is only FDA-approved in the form of tablets for ragweed and grass pollen. Allergy drops are used off-label and are still being established by the FDA.
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How is Sublingual Immunotherapy Done?
Before SLIT can be done, allergy testing must be done to confirm your sensitivities. Once the allergens have been identified, an allergen extract is prepared in tablet or drop form. Patients will need to take the drop or tablet as directed by their physician and continue for up to three to five years to strengthen the body’s immunity.
Sublingual Immunotherapy Recovery
Many patients do not experience any side-effects associated with SLIT. However, if side effects do occur, they may include mild itching in the mouth or stomach issues. Because SLIT treatment is administered at home without medical supervision, patients should be aware of how to manage possible adverse reactions to the treatment.
If you or a loved one is suffering from allergies that disrupt their quality of life, sublingual immunotherapy may be able to help. Not only has this treatment been shown effective in controlling allergy symptoms, it has also been shown to provide long-term improvement.
For more information regarding sublingual immunotherapy in the Denver or Lone Tree areas, contact Associates of Otolaryngology today to schedule an appointment.
Allison Rasband, M.D.
Dr. Allison Rasband received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and is board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology. She performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric ear, nose, and throat problems, with a special interest in pediatrics and the surgical treatment of nasal and sinus problems. She loves spending time with her husband, four kids, and yellow lab and enjoys skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.