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Inhalant Allergies and Oral Desensitization

Inhalant Allergies and Oral Desensitization

An allergic response occurs when some people are exposed to environmental triggers such as ragweed, grass, and tree, pollen, animal fur and dander, dust mites or mold. The allergic response is due to a part of the immune system over-reacting to the above compounds.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an alternative method to treat inhalant allergies without injections.

First the doctor will perform an allergy test to confirm the patient’s allergies. This test is done either using a scratch test, which is done in house, or via a blood test, which is tested at a lab.

Sublingual immunotherapy treats the cause of the allergy by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient. SLIT is given as drops under the tongue.

Research shows that when an allergen is presented in this way, the immune system learns to tolerate the allergy. SLIT is proven, with over 60 clinical trial which shows its effectiveness. It is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the World Allergy Association, and the Cochrane Collaboration. SLIT is effective, safe, and well tolerated

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