Dr. Barbara Huggins

Sublingual Immunotherapty (SLIT)

February 28, 2008

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) -  February 28, 2008Over 35 million Americans suffer from springtime allergies and over half often choose to be miserable. The reason? They don't want to face the pain and inconvenience of getting an allergy shot 2 or 3 times a week. But now there's a more tasteful way to treat allergies. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more.

35 to 50 million Americans are affected by allergies. If medications are not effective the next step is usually allergy shots. When antigens are injected under the skin, the patient produces antibodies that will give them protection against the antigens in their in environment. Given 2 to 3 times a week, allergy shots can be unpleasant, painful (who enjoys getting a shots?), and can cause serious reactions. Now there is an alternative to having to “roll up your sleeve”.

With Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), the antigen is administered under the tongue rather than injected under the skin. It has been shown to be very similar in efficacy to the conventional method of allergy shots.

After the initial visit and treatment at your allergist's office, the allergy drops can be self-administered at home, resulting in fewer visits to the doctor’s office. An advantage of SLIT is that after the initial visit and treatment at your allergist’s office, allergy drops can be administered at home rather than at the doctor’s office. Allergy drops are easy to use, can be taken with you while traveling, and are a lot less painful.

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