Chronic allergies can affect a patient’s quality of life and overall health. Many of our Boca Raton, FL patients seek relief from the skilled staff and immunotherapists at Ress ENT/ Boca Raton Ear & Sinus Surgery. Many individuals are familiar with allergy shots. One proven alternative to this treatment is sublingual immunotherapy. The treatment may be ideal for patients who are averse to the idea of receiving multiple shots over the course of months or even years.
What Is Sublingual Therapy?
Sublingual therapy (SLIT) treatments deliver small doses of a particular allergen to a patient through the use of drops that are placed under the tongue. Over time, this treatment helps patients reduce their allergy symptoms. The therapy is growing in popularity as an alternative to allergy shots. The drops contain small amounts of allergens. Over time, the doses increase the patient’s tolerance to the allergen and thereby reduced allergic symptoms.
A member of our medical staff will need to determine which substances you are allergic to before sublingual treatments can begin. The allergy test is conducted at our Boca Raton medical office. An allergy specialist will make multiple tiny pricks on your skin. The trained professionals will then apply a small drop of an allergen on each area of broken skin. After observing signs of allergic reactions, a list of substances you will need to be treated for will be made. Allergy testing is safe for children and adults of all ages.
Custom sublingual immunotherapy drops will be prepared based on your test results. One of our staff members will provide you with details on how and when to administer the drops. As with allergy shots, the first month is known as the escalation phase because the dosage amount is gradually increased. Then, the maintenance phase will begin.
How Effective Is Sublingual Immunotherapy?
Sublingual therapy is commonly used in Europe to treat allergies. The practice is becoming increasingly popular in the United States as doctors learn about the benefits of the treatment. An online article published by John Hopkins University noted the research of John Hopkins professor and physician Dr. Sandra Lin.
“A scientific review of 63 published studies affirms that putting small amounts of purified grasses, ragweed, dust mites, pollen and mold in liquid drops under the tongue is a safe and effective alternative to weekly injections of those allergens or the use of other medications, in treating symptoms of allergies and allergic asthma in some people,” her research noted.
The results of that review were published online through the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lin noted that many individuals can benefit from the allergy drops because they can be taken at home. Lin said there is “clear evidence that sublingual immunotherapy” is an effective treatment for individuals suffering from asthma and allergies.
Explore the Benefits of Sublingual Therapy Today
If you would prefer to administer your immunotherapy treatments from the comfort of your home or if are unable to undergo allergy shots, one of our allergy specialists will gladly explain the benefits of this alternative treatment. To schedule your consultation for sublingual therapy, contact our Boca Raton, FL office online today or call (561) 353-7377.