Do you sneeze constantly during spring and fall? Perhaps your eyes water and your throat is sore due to pollen and ragweed.
Maybe you’ve had allergy shots in the past, but now you want an alternative so you don’t have to drive to the allergist’s office every week and get that shot. It takes a big bite out of your week. With work, commuting, family, friends, and other commitments, you’d love another way to treat your allergies.
At Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center, we provide the answer you’ve been looking for. It’s called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), and the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology says it’s a good alternative to traditional allergy shots.
In 2014, the FDA approved this injection-free allergy treatment for some seasonal allergy triggers: certain grass pollens, ragweed, and dust mites. Even though it’s new in the United States, SLIT has been used in Europe and other countries for many years to treat allergy patients. Researchers are studying this method to treat other triggers, and the use of the therapy is likely to expand in the coming years.
The majority of allergists in the US are now treating patients who are allergic to the approved allergens with allergy tablets or liquid drops. A new study found that of the doctors who responded, 73% were using injection-free immunotherapy for FDA-approved allergens.
How does injection-free allergy treatment work?
Your board-certified physician at Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center first tests this special form of immunotherapy in the office to ensure you don’t experience adverse effects. You place a drop of liquid from a small vial of the immunotherapy mixture under your tongue. It contains a tiny amount of the allergen that affects you. You wait in the office to get the green light to go home.
The vials are prescription medication. At home, you place one drop under your tongue every day — that’s it. In two months, you return to the office for new vials with a slightly stronger dose of the allergen in order to strengthen your tolerance to it. Oral immunotherapy is currently available in the US to those age 65 or younger.
You should start your treatment a few months before grasses and ragweed are at their peak. Grass pollen peaks in late spring (although in warmer climates it’s year-round), and ragweed peaks in late summer to early fall.
Allergy shots and sublingual immunotherapy both work. They reduce inflammation associated with hay fever and asthma. Immunotherapy lowers the number of cells and antibodies that cause your symptoms. You’ll be able to come into contact with the allergens without having a severe reaction.
If you’re tired of the sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes, call us at Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center or request an appointment through our online portal. Experience the freedom from allergy shots and the convenience of oral immunotherapy for your allergies.