Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)
Okotoks allergy treatment
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a treatment for respiratory allergic diseases which can improve allergy symptoms, reduce the need for medications to treat the symptoms, and has long-term effects in preventing the development of asthma and new allergies.
SLIT is an alternative way to treat allergies without injections and is well-suited to the needle phobic, children, travelers and the elderly.
Dr. Annie first uses skin prick allergy testing to confirm the patient’s sensitivities. Once this is determined, an allergen extract is prepared in liquid form. The patient then takes very small doses of the allergen under the tongue daily to boost tolerance to the substance and reduce symptoms. The therapy is continued for three to five years to develop a lasting immunity.
Everyone is different, however, the average improvement after a full duration of allergy immunotherapy is approximately 80% to the point where the patient can live their lives without the need for antihistamines.
SLIT can be used during allergy season or done preventatively, beginning 30-60 days prior to pollen season. There is no season for mold, animal dander, or house dust mite – treatment can start at any time.
Types of allergies treated: cat, dog, horse, cow, dust mites, tree pollens, grasses, weeds, and mold.
Food allergies are not tested in this way as there is no treatment available. Ask about food sensitivity testing.