Originally posted April 3, 2018
Allergies can cause uncomfortable symptoms that can affect your quality of life. Allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops, is one of the best ways to bring allergy symptoms under control. Now, studies are available that show sublingual immunotherapy may be just as effective at controlling your symptoms as the shots. Sublingual immunotherapy is a non-invasive, convenient way to manage your allergy symptoms.
What is Sublingual Immunotherapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy is made using small particles of the allergens in question. A spray or drops of the serum are placed under the tongue once each day until a maintenance dose is reached. The maintenance dose is then taken each day until a new formulation is needed. Sublingual immunotherapy works in much the same way as allergy shots only without the painful injections and without the constant trips to and from the doctor’s office.
Is Sublingual Therapy as Effective as Shots?
Many studies were performed in Europe that involved 5,131 participants who used sublingual immunotherapy instead of injections. Researchers from Johns Hopkins evaluated the results of those studies and determined that the overall findings showed that the use of serums produced the same effects as the injections. Sublingual immunotherapy has been a viable option for immunotherapy injections in Europe for almost 20 years. Even though sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops, have been proven to be effective in Europe, the FDA is still studying them in the United States.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Sublingual Therapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy offers a variety of benefits over traditional immunotherapy injections. When serums are used, there is no need to travel to and from your doctor’s office or spend the usual 15 to 30 minutes waiting in the lobby to determine whether or not you will have a reaction. The spray, or drops, are sublingual which means they can easily be placed under the tongue where they are absorbed by the soft tissues and sent directly into the bloodstream. Serums have fewer reactions than their injectable counterparts and are easy to administer on the go. The spray can be taken at any time during the day, every other day.
The use of sublingual immunotherapy has been a common practice in recent years. At Backfit, we offer sublingual immunotherapy as a mouth spray to our patients. We want you to avoid the hassle of multiple visits and painful shots.