SLIT Allergy Treatment

A highly effective, safer option for allergy treatment

People often think of allergy as only ‘hay fever’, with sneezing, runny nose, and nasal stuffiness.  However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic sinus problems, excess nasal and throat drainage, head congestion, hoarse voice, eczema, recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, fatigue, chronic cough, and asthma.  Even stomach and intestinal problems can be symptoms of allergy.

If you believe that you may have seasonal or year-round allergies, you may benefit from an appointment with one of our Ear, Nose and Throat specialists.  The provider will thoroughly review your health history and current symptoms and then schedule you to return for skin testing in our office or order lab (blood) tests.

Once your specific allergies have been identified, you will receive detailed education on treatment options.  You will leave our office with an education packet specifically made for you, along with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding your care.  Together with your provider, you will create a customized treatment plan that best fits your needs.

There are three basic treatment options available for those suffering with allergies:  avoidance, medications, and immunotherapy.  Once diagnosed, our allergy nurse will provide education on how to avoid allergy triggers in your everyday environment.  You may also find that medications can improve your symptoms, however, these treat only the allergy symptoms, not the actual cause of the allergy.

Immunotherapy (allergy shots or allergy drops) is the only treatment that addresses the root cause of allergies.  Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a form of immunotherapy that works similar to allergy injections.  They are drops that can be applied under the tongue from the comfort of your home, without the need for weekly injections.

The benefit of SLIT is that a broad range of allergies, including those caused by dust mites, pollen, mold, and animals, can be treated.  Because it is safer than allergy injections, the majority of people who might be too sick to receive allergy shots can safely and effectively be treated with allergy drops.

 Contact us today for more information or for an appointment to see one of our ear, nose and throat specialists.

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