Sublingual immunotherapy, often called SLIT for short, is an alternative way to treat allergies without injections. It is considered a cutting-edge treatment for those who suffer from allergies.
How It Does It Work?
This type of allergy relief treatment is administered orally through a series of droppers that contain a serum individualized for your specific allergies.
The serum is formulated based on your allergy test results and contains the individual substances to which you’re allergic. Drops are administered under your tongue in order to boost your tolerance to the allergen while simultaneously reducing your symptoms.
Over time, you build immunity and eventually can live allergy-free. This cutting-edge treatment can be administered at home and involves no needles or injections.
Sublingual Immunotherapy Dosing Schedule
The full course of your sublingual immunotherapy can be broken down into five phases. Each phase has its own number of drops and lasts for 90 days.
After phases 1-5, patients enter the 5m stage, which is considered the maintenance stage. The maintenance stage lasts for 6-12 months, depending on the individual patient and the overall severity of the allergies.
During the first five phases, apply drops under your tongue every morning after brushing your teeth. Hold for 2 minutes before swallowing, and do not eat or drink for 30 minutes following the dose. The amount of drops you administer varies depending on the week:
- Week 1: one drop daily
- Week 2: two drops daily
- Week 3: three drops daily
- Week 4: four drops daily
Phase 5m: The Maintenance Stage
After the initial five phases, patients enter the maintenance stage. This involves applying drops in the same manner, but instead of increasing the number of drops incrementally each week, five drops are given each day.
Phase 5m can last for anywhere from 6-12 months. The length varies depending on how severe your allergies are and your body’s response to the treatment.
Benefits Of Sublingual Immunotherapy
Sublingual immunotherapy can allow you to live an allergy-free lifestyle if it is successful. This type of injection-free allergy therapy offers many other benefits, including:
- Not limited to 3-4 antigens — useful for individuals allergic to multiple substances
- Convenience; requires fewer office visits since it can be administered at home
- Sweet taste
- Minimal risk
Respacare Helps You Achieve Allergy Relief
At Respacare, you can receive effective sublingual immunotherapy treatment to relieve your allergy suffering. Our experienced medical staff has the necessary skills and experience to help you treat the symptoms of your allergies, whether they’re seasonal or year-round.
Sublingual immunotherapy is generally a 12-24 month plan based on test results and the severity of your allergies. It’s important to adhere to the dosing schedule for your allergy treatment, since if it’s discontinued during any stage, treatment has to start over from the beginning. Correct daily dosing is essential to the effectiveness of the sublingual immunotherapy treatment.
Receiving Your Medication From The Pharmacy
After your allergy test results are complete, your pharmacy contacts you within 24 hours of receiving the prescription from your doctor. They will verify some of your information with you and provide directions and assistance with the therapy application. Respacare’s specialized pharmacist is also available to speak with you if you need further assistance.
Contact Respacare In Bridgewater, NJ, And Flemington, NJ
For more information about sublingual immunotherapy, to schedule an appointment or for other questions about the services we offer, contact Respacare in Bridgewater, NJ, at 732-356-9950.