Sublingual Allergy Drops or Shots (SLIT: Sublingual Immunotherapy)
Sublingual Allergy Drops or Shots – About
Many kids have allergies — in fact, they’re the most common cause of chronic nasal congestion in children. Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) or Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) can be an effective treatment for certain allergies.
Sublingual immunotherapy is a method of treating allergies by placing drops underneath the tongue. Similar to allergy shots, a set amount of physician-dosed antigens are placed under your tongue to help your build your body’s tolerance over time. The difference is that allergy drops are administered at home, and without injections. Allergy drops are ideal for patients whose allergies are terrible, those who have bad asthma, the young or elderly, or anyone who cannot tolerate allergy shots. Research has found that allergy drops are an effective and safe alternative to conventional allergy shots.
Sublingual Allergy Drops or Shots – Diagnosis
Your ENT Physician can test your child for asthma or allergy symptoms and determine if sublingual allergy drops or shots would be appropriate for your child.
Sublingual Allergy Drops or Shots – Treatment
Allergen immunotherapy isn’t necessary for everyone with allergies. Many kids get along fine by living in homes that are as free as possible of allergens or by taking allergy medication during peak allergy season.
But many kids battle allergies year-round, and some can’t control their symptoms with medications. For them, allergen immunotherapy can be beneficial.
Allergy drops can be given for both environmental allergies (ie. hay fever, seasonal or perennial allergies) or certain food allergies. They are self-administered at home, once daily. Approximately every three months, you will be asked to pick up your new vial(s) at the next treatment concentration. Like allergy shots, the complete immunotherapy treatment course averages about 3-5 years.
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