The only treatment that reprograms the overreacting immune system is immunotherapy, which involves gradual delivery of the substances that trigger allergies to acclimate the body to the world around it.
Over 85% of patients who receive immunotherapy over the recommended period of time experience significant improvement or complete relief from their symptoms. With these ongoing treatments, both seasonal and perennial allergies will improve and your use of allergy medications will decrease.
Allergy sublingual drop immunotherapy (SLIT)
SLIT works much like shots, slowly desensitizing you to your allergies. They’re delivered under the tongue in a drop form that patients can take at home. With today’s busy lifestyles, drops are an ideal solution for many of our allergy patients who can’t find the time to come in for a weekly shot. Because of their safety profile, they are also the ideal way to administer immunotherapy to children, those patients highly reactive to shots, asthmatics, and those with “needle phobia. Like shots, most patients find their treatment takes three to five years to complete.
SLIT delivers a slowly increasing dose of the allergic causing substance called an antigen ** by building up the body’s tolerance to that antigen (**An antigen is an allergy-causing substance, examples include dust, pollen, mold, insect venom, and specific foods such as fish, wheat, nuts, and eggs)