It's that time of year again! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and well...you're sneezing your head off. That's right. Seasonal Allergies. Or maybe you've been suffering from year-round allergies? Either way...not being able to breathe has put a damper on enjoying those beautiful blooms.
What if I told you there's a solution? A solution that's based on allergies that are unique to you. Yup. All it takes is a simple blood test, a prescription formulated with your allergies and you can be on your way to sniffing those Sequoias in no time. This therapy is called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) in which you take drops sublingually, (fancy word for under your tongue) to help desensitize you to your surrounding allergens. So, instead of multiple painful allergy shots, you can administer daily sprays under your tongue.
Immunotherapy is widely used by doctors because it treats the underlying cause of allergic reactions instead of temporarily alleviating symptoms like an over the counter pill may do. Immunotherapy is designed to gradually desensitize the immune system to specific allergens that show up on your blood test.
How does Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) work?
You will receive small doses of specific allergens (based on your lab work) not enough to actually cause a full-blown allergic reaction, but enough to desensitize your body and build up a tolerance. Immunotherapy can potentially lead to remission of allergy symptoms, even after discontinuing treatment. Some patient's feel relief as early as one week into treatment, whereas others may take some more time to build up the treatment. Treatment is typically administered for 1-2 years based on allergies.
Why Can't I Just Take an Anti-Histamine For My Allergies?
Allergy medications such as anti-histamines and corticosteroids are designed to provide momentary relief while suppressing allergy symptoms. As soon as you stop taking the pill, it stops working. Unfortunately, you as an allergy and/ or asthma sufferer will require these medications for the rest of your life to enjoy relief from symptoms. SLIT therapy targets your own immune system to help build up a tolerance and relieve your from symptoms.
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) provides a practical alternative to traditional allergy treatment options like antihistamines and corticosteroids. SLIT is super easy to administer and yields long-lasting results. It can also reduce the amount of medications the patient must take over time. What are you waiting for??
This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes. Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.