This is an alternative treatment method for allergies without injections. It is a highly effective and safer form of allergy treatment that works by targeting a specific allergen and modifying your immune system to adapt and de-sensitize against the identified allergen. It is effective in relieving allergic respiratory diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. These are administered under your tongue to increase tolerance towards the particular substance that you are allergic to, hence minimizing severity of your symptoms.
What are the potential benefits of Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)?
- It significantly minimizes your risk of developing asthma.
- It is relatively easier to use, as you can administer the medication yourself in the comfort of your home.
- It is safe and has lower risks of any significant side effects.
- It relieves patients from the burden of allergy medications.
This is a unique type of sublingual immunotherapy that can be delivered through spraying underneath your tongue. SLIT spray is available in a vial and comes equipped with a nozzle filled with extracts from specific allergens.
How will I use SLIT Spray?
SLIT Spray is extremely easy to use and you will only need to follow the procedures below:
- Hold the spray with your dominant hand.
- Lift your tongue and direct the nozzle spray underneath your tongue.
- Repeat the process each day.
Will I need to stop using other allergy medications when on SLIT?
While on sublingual immunotherapy, you won’t need to stop taking your other allergy treatment medications. But, as time goes, the need for these medicines will decrease as sublingual immunotherapy continues to significantly reduce your allergy symptoms.
If you are currently using other drugs and you fear that they might react with sublingual immunotherapy, please kindly consult our doctors.
How effective is the SLIT Spray?
Though SLIT can be an effective allergy treatment option, its effectiveness largely depends on the length of treatment. You will need to take the medication as prescribed to ensure long-term sustaining effect of an allergy cure or reduced allergy symptoms. When used correctly, patients will most certainly experience results within the first 6 months to a year of treatment. Your symptoms will generally decrease in occurrence.
What are the side effects and risks associated with SLIT Spray treatment?
There are very few adverse effects associated with SLIT Spray. However, patients may experience mild swelling or itching over the area of treatment.
How long will I need to use the SLIT Spray?
The duration of treatment ranges between three and five years. This implies that if you stop using your medication before three years, the effectiveness of the allergy improvement may gradually decline with time.
Where should I keep my SLIT Spray?
Medical experts highly recommend that patients should store their spray inside the fridge, at a temperature of between 2 to 8 ° C. However, the SLIT Spray is usually safe and very stable at a temperature below 25 ° C.
Are there any other allergy treatment options for Sublingual Therapy?
Of course, there are other options. As always feel free to consult with your doctor regarding the other options.