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Allergy Treatment for Seasonal, Environmental & Pet allergies

15 Jul 2015, by Dr. Marnie Wachtler in Health Information, Tests, Uncategorized

Allergies have been in full force this year; for much longer and becoming much stronger than ever. Kick those allergies in the butt and find out which are the top offenders and treat them at home. That’s right, no allergy shots!

Our new skin scratch test is available to asses 9 different allergens:

Cats, Dogs, Grasses, Dust, Mould, Ragweed, Tree pollens, Weed mixtures

Non -invasive innovative treatment for allergies called:

Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy Treatment (SLIT)

Here is the who, what, when, where’s…

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 that 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?

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.

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 SLIT?

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 your symptoms persist or worsen.

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.