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NATURAL ALLERGY TREATMENT

WHAT IS SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY (SLIT) ?

Sublingual immunotherapy is the treatment of allergies via oral dosing (drops under the tongue) of small amounts of the allergen (the substance the individual is allergic to). It is currently offered for the treatment of airborne allergens eg: cat/dog dander, tree & grass pollen, dust mites, moulds. SLIT treatment is currently offered at many prestigious hospitals, such as John Hopkins.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Many published scientific studies have shown that it significantly reduces allergy symptoms. Exposure to small amounts of the offending agent or allergen overtime increases the body’s natural immunity and increases tolerance to these allergens. By increasing immune tolerance, the body’s future allergic response is altered.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Currently, you can get allergy ‘shots’ or immunotherapy injections done through a medical doctor, typically an allergist. However with these oral drops, you can take them in the comfort of home or office as dosing is via a small bottle. This saves you countless trips to the doctor, offers a less expensive yet equally effective (in some cases, more superior) method of allergy treatment without concern of exposure to the preservatives and additives found in injectable allergy shots. It is also a good alternative for people who are uncomfortable with injections – especially children.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection immunotherapy.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT DROPS ARE SUITABLE FOR ME?

Initially, you will need to be seen by  one of our Naturopathic Physicians (specially certified in SLIT) who will assess if this form of treatment is appropriate for you. If it is appropriate, an allergy test is conducted. This would be similar to ‘allergy skin-prick’ testing which you might have had in the past. Based on your response to the various allergens, a customized formula is prepared for you by the lab.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?

Typically within a few weeks to months, one would note a reduction in allergic symptoms. As it takes time for the body to readjust and increase its natural immunity to the allergen, it is recommended to take these drops for a period of 3-5 years for lasting results.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE HELPED BY SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY?

Allergic rhinitis, Allergic conjunctivitis, Allergic asthma, Seasonal allergies, Airborne allergies to dust, tree/grass/weed pollen, cat/dog dander, moulds.

ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE CAREFUL WITH THIS THERAPY?

Yes there are certain contraindications for sublingual immunotherapy. Individuals with unstable asthma, severe immunodeficiencies, malignancies, autoimmune disease and anyone taking beta-blockers, are not suitable candidates for this form of therapy.

IS SLIT COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

If you have extended health insurance, the visits and *treatment will be covered – up to 100% – by your policy.

*The customized immunotherapy is a ‘medical prescription’ under your policy. 

Download the SLIT Brochure.

REFERENCES:

Wilson DRTorres LIDurham SRSublingual immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;(2):CD002893.
Radulovic SWilson DCalderon MDurham SAllergy. Systematic reviews of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). 2011 Jun;66(6):740-52. Epub 2011 Mar 28.
Mary S. MorrisAmanda Lowery,  Demetrios S. Theodoropoulos,  R. Daniel Duquette &  David L. MorrisQuality of Life Improvement with Sublingual Immunotherapy: A Prospective Study of Efficacy. J Allergy (Cairo). 2012; 2012: 253879.
Cristoforo IncorvaiaSimonetta MasieriSilvia ScuratiSilvia SoffiaPaola PuccinelliFranco FratiThe current role of sublingual immunotherapy in the treatment of allergic rhinitis in adults and children. J Asthma Allergy. 2011; 4: 13–17.
Diego SaportaEfficacy of Sublingual Immunotherapy versus Subcutaneous Injection Immunotherapy in Allergic Patients. J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 492405.
Cristoforo IncorvaiaSimonetta MasieriPatrizia BertoSilvia ScuratiFranco FratiSpecific immunotherapy by the sublingual route for respiratory allergy. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2010; 6(1): 29.