Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) Allergy Treatment
For people who have a fear of needles, sublingual immunotherapy is an alternative way to treat allergies without the use of injections. The process involves giving the patient small doses of allergen to improve the patient's tolerance to the substance and reduce its symptoms. The antigen is placed under the tongue of the patient in a liquid form (drop).
Sublingual immunotherapy is used to treat allergic rhinitis, which is an inflammatory disease that causes sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. For temporary relief, people can purchase over-the-counter medications such as antihistamine and corticosteroid. However, sublingual immunotherapy is the best option for longer-term relief. The treatment has been proven safe to administer to kids as young as 2 years old.
Here are the benefits of sublingual immunotherapy:
- It is safe and effective.
- It is convenient since it can be administered at home.
- It offers a non-invasive approach.
- It can provide long-term relief.
Treatment success of sublingual immunotherapy can be observed in the first few months of treatment. Close observations of the patient is advised to ensure the treatment is working. If not, your allergy and asthma doctormay suggest alternative treatments.