Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Specialists located in Bridgewater, NJ
If you or a loved one suffers from allergies, finding a path to relief is a top priority. For people living in and around Bridgewater, New Jersey, Respacare is an outstanding resource for treating allergies, including an approach called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Book your personalized visit today by calling the office or using the simple online booking page.
Sublingual Immunotherapy Q & A
What is sublingual immunotherapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy is an exciting advancement in the field of allergy care. The approach uses a specially-formulated serum to administer carefully controlled doses of allergens into your system, including dust mites, certain types of grasses, and ragweed.
When drops of your customized serum are placed beneath your tongue, your body quickly absorbs them. Over time, your immune system becomes more tolerant of the substance and is less likely to overreact the next time you encounter a stronger concentration of that specific allergen.
Why choose sublingual immunotherapy over other allergy treatments?
Another immunotherapy option works by introducing small volumes of allergens into your skin via a series of shallow injections. People who are fearful of needles or sensitive to injections often prefer the sublingual method of administration.
Sublingual immunotherapy also empowers you to complete your treatment at home. There’s no need to travel back and forth to Respacare for treatments, and you can “recalibrate” your immune response in a setting where you are most comfortable.
What is the process of sublingual immunotherapy like?
Getting sublingual immunotherapy requires a degree of patience. The gradual nature of this approach takes time, but the end result is worth the wait. There are five stages to this process.
During the first stage, you apply one drop of your customized serum beneath your tongue each morning for one week, waiting for two minutes before swallowing. During the second week, you apply two drops, then move to three drops in the third week and four drops in the fourth week.
You go through this process for a total of five cycles, which takes around five months. At that point, you transition to five drops beneath your tongue each day for four weeks to reach the desired level of immunity.
You may notice a gradual reduction in the number and severity of symptoms, but it can take 12-24 months to see the full benefits of sublingual immunotherapy. Many people who complete the full course of treatment are able to live allergy-free.
Perhaps the best testament to the power of sublingual immunotherapy is the fact that many people who complete the treatment are so excited about their results they bring friends and family to Respacare so they can see for themselves how this approach changes lives.
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