Immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of what a person is allergic
to, which increases “immunity” or tolerance to the allergen and reduces the allergic
Injection immunotherapy is given as shots, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is
given as drops under the tongue and give the same response
How does the process work?
The first step is to confirm a patient’s allergies through allergy testing. Then a custom-mixed vial of drops
is prepared for the patient. The patient takes drops under the tongue daily.
During the first four months, called the escalation phase, the dosage is gradually increased.
After that, in the maintenance phase, the patient takes the same dose of drops each day.
Are shots and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) safe?
They are considered safe, for both adults and children. Patients take the drops in the convenience of their own homes instead of going to a doctor’s office every week for shots in some the allergy shots give better results and they come in weekly then every 2 weeks and most advance to once per month.
Allergy Shots have many years of history and provide great relief and often reduced medication needs.
For SLIT, The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a
viable alternative to injection immunotherapy(SCIT).
Does Allergy Immunotherapy work?
Many published scientific studies have shown that it significantly reduces allergy symptoms and often reduces medication need.
How long must I continue the treatment?
It is recommended that patients keep using the drops for at least three to five years
so that the body will build up a lasting immunity. Many choose to continue
long-term on a maintenance schedule to assure continued allergy control