Do allergies keep you from enjoying life to the fullest? If so, visit ENT and Allergy Specialists at one of their locations in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, or East Norriton, Pennsylvania. With sublingual allergy therapy, you can build immunity to an allergen and eventually eliminate all of your symptoms. Call today to book an appointment or click to schedule a consultation online.
Sublingual allergy therapy, often called sublingual immunotherapy, is a way to address allergies without injections. By taking small doses of a known allergen under your tongue, your immune system can build a tolerance to the substance. Over time, this results in fewer symptoms or often, a complete elimination of allergies.
The current FDA-approved sublingual allergy tablets are for dust mites, ragweed, and northern pasture grasses.
First, your physician administers a series of tests to confirm your allergies. This may include a skin prick test or a blood test. Then they prepare a vial of drops that contain extracts of the allergens that cause your symptoms.
You place the drops under your tongue for about 1-2 minutes, and then swallow. You repeat this process daily or several times a week for several months, and your physician may increase your dosage over time. Symptoms may clear up immediately, or they may resolve more slowly over the course of several days or weeks.
Some people may benefit from taking sublingual allergy therapy for up to 3-5 years, or until you develop a lasting immunity. After this happens, your physician may recommend a regimen of maintenance drops.
Clinical studies over the last 20 years have shown that sublingual allergy therapy is safe and effective for people who are allergic to common irritants. New research is also beginning to show this method can also help children who have mild eczema, or people with food allergies.
When considering allergy treatment, some patients have anxiety about taking immunotherapy injections. Sublingual allergy therapy is an effective alternative, and it generally produces no side effects. It provides the freedom to take your drops at home, instead of going to the doctor’s office for weekly shots.
The experts at ENT and Allergy Specialists have decades of experience treating patients of all ages who suffer from allergies. Together, you and your physician can agree on a treatment plan that is most beneficial for your needs and your lifestyle.
To end your symptoms and learn about sublingual allergy therapy, contact the office to schedule a consultation. Call or click to book online.