What is Sublingual Immunotherapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy (also known as SLIT) is an advanced therapy for Los Angeles allergy sufferers. Historically, the treatment for allergies involved avoidance of the offending substances, taking medications, or receiving allergy shots. Now, the same beneficial therapy provided by allergy shots can be administered as drops under the tongue in the comfort and convenience of your home. (The term “sublingual” comes from Latin: “sub” meaning “under,” and “lingual” meaning “tongue.”)
Sublingual therapy has been used successfully in Europe since the 1980s, and was recently introduced in the United States. The drops work in the same way as injections, by desensitizing you to the very substance that causes your allergy symptoms. With SLIT, we can treat a wide variety of allergies, including dust, grass and tree pollens, and animal dander. Sublingual immunotherapy is very effective and once prescribed, it’s administered by the patient, not a doctor.
This overview explains the process of immunotherapy as a treatment for allergies:
How Do I Know If Sublingual Therapy is Right for Me?
The first step is to perform allergy testing, to determine what substances may be responsible for your allergy symptoms. We then perform further testing, to determine how sensitive you are to those substances. Based on this information, allergy drops are custom made to treat your specific allergies.
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