Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) Specialist Questions and Answers
SLIT therapy is a non-invasive treatment that helps treat the cause of allergies by increasing your tolerance to the pollen and reducing your symptoms. For more information call us or make an appointment. Visit us at a location near you in South Surrey BC, and Burnaby BC.
What is SLIT
Sublingual immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient. Exposure to these small doses over time increases the immunity or tolerance to the allergens and reduces the allergenic symptoms.
How Does SLIT Work
SLIT is given as drops under the tongue. Research shows then when an allergen is presented this way, the immune system learns to tolerate the allergen. The result is less allergy symptoms when the body is exposed to the allergy source such as airborne pollen or pet dander.
SLIT or Allergy Shots
Like injection therapy, SLIT directly changes the body’s ability to react with allergens. Allergy shots are effective, but need to be given in a physician’s office. This inconvenience results in high drop off rates for many patients. Sublingual immunotherapy offers a great alternative treatment option for people reluctant or unable to undergo allergy shots.
How Long Will It Take to See Results With SLIT
The vast majority of patients experience marked symptom relief within the first few months of starting treatment. As with all allergy immunotherapy, long term, lasting results require 3 to 5 years of treatment. Research shows that committing to the full therapy can result in permanent symptom relief. No more allergies!
SLIT is Proven
With over 60 clinical trials proving efficacy, endorsement from the World Health Organization, the World Allergy Organization and the Cochrane Collaboration, SLIT is proven to be effective, safe and well tolerated.
Are There Any Side Effects of SLILT
Rarely, however, the most common side effect of allergy drops is a mild, local irritation in the mouth and under the tongue. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen
More Convenient Than Shots
Sublingual immunotherapy requires fewer clinic visits and less time away from work. The first dosage is taken in the physician’s office and after that, you can commence treatment at home.
See Lasting Results
Reduce your dependency on antihistamines and other rescue medications that only address the symptoms of allergy. SLIT re-trains your body not to be allergic in the first place.
Better Quality of Life
Patients regularly report fewer sick days away from school and work, better sleep, and a reduction in symptoms.
How Do I Get SLIT
SLIT is available by prescription only. Talk to your doctor to see if this is the right treatment course for you.
What About Cost
SLIT is covered by most medical plans. Cost benefit analysis has proven that SLIT can cut down on medication costs and actually save you money.
Who Can Use SLIT
SLIT is a great treatment option for most allergy sufferers, including children. Patients on beta blockers, or pregnant and nursing mothers should speak to their physician prior to use.
Treatment Regimen Options
Pre-seasonal: a quick buildup of antigen 30 to 60 days prior to and throughout the offending allergen season. Co-seasonal: Year-round treatment.
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