A Long-Lasting Treatment For Allergies Without An Injection
- Posted on: Mar 15 2023
Symptoms from allergies, although relatively harmless, can be annoying and may keep you from enjoying many activities, especially those outdoors. Over-the-counter medications and antihistamines can provide some relief to the symptoms. However, many of these medications are specific on the symptoms they treat and only offer temporary relief.
Doctors who specialize in treating Ear, Nose, and Throat conditions can provide a longer-lasting treatment of allergy symptoms using immunotherapy. The two primary methods of this treatment are periodic injections and the use of liquid drops that are administered below the tongue. Although the injections work very well, they require administration in an office setting.
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), while working similarly to the injections, are liquid drops used at home. This treatment is often very successful at treating a wide variety of allergies, including pollen and other outdoor allergens, as well as indoor allergens such as dust and some food-caused allergies.
After an allergy screening to determine the most reactive substance for your body, your doctor will prescribe a specific dosage, usually 1-2 drops per day. Many patients report seeing improvement in their allergy symptoms within 6 months, while some may need 12 months.
Though this may seem like a long time to see relief, the SLIT treatments are much more convenient than the allergy injections, as they do not require frequent office visits. Following the prescribed treatment course is essential to gain the most benefit.
With the entire treatment course, most people see results that last up to 15 years. Some follow-up visits may be needed during this time, and SLIT therapy can successfully treat and reduce chronic allergy symptoms.
The doctors and staff at the ENT and Allergy Centers in North Plano, TX, the area, can help reduce allergy symptoms so you can better enjoy your normal activities. Schedule an allergy screening by calling the office at 972-984-1050 or visiting www.enttx.com today.
Posted in: Allergies