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.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) Tablets
This is a daily tablet taken to cure allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma, that is triggered by house dust mites.
It works by boosting your immune system’s tolerance towards the house dust mites and in turn, minimizes your allergy symptoms as time goes. This treatment is often used in adults suffering from allergic rhinitis and asthma, as well as adolescents with allergic rhinitis.
On most occasions, doctors prescribe these SLIT tablets to individuals whose allergy symptoms are not manageable through drugs such as antihistamine tablets. These tablets are usually consumed by placing them underneath the tongue.
Tablet that seamlessly dissolves in the mouth
Once the tablet is put under the tongue, it will start to dissolve immediately. These sublingual tablets offer a simple and faster way for patients to take their immunotherapy medication at the comfort of their home, work, or on the go. This gives you the much-needed peace of mind, knowing that you can easily incorporate your medication into your busy schedule.
These tablets can be stored at room temperature; you can easily keep them at home. You can also travel with them if need be. Just keep the tablet blister pack inside the box and store it in a cool and dry place at room temperature, not more than 30 degrees Celsius. Also, you need to ensure that the tablets are out of children’s reach.
How does this medication work?
The oral immunotherapy tablet functions by altering your body’s reaction towards house dust mite allergens, gradually reducing and eliminating your allergic symptoms. As opposed to other medications which only temporarily relieves your symptoms, oral immunotherapy tablets must be taken every day for at least few months to show significant results. The advantage is that even after you stop using the tablets, you will continue to see its benefits.
Any potential side effects associated with these tablets?
Bearing in mind that these tablets are filled with the house dust mite extract that you are allergic to, there is a chance you may experience some side effects, particularly in your throat or mouth. Thankfully, these are mild symptoms that usually decreases with time.
The doctor will always administer the first tablet under close supervision and continue to monitor your situation for at least half an hour. This is to enable you to identify, discuss, and manage any noticed side effects.
These are some of the most effective and preferred allergy treatment options.
As we previously mentioned, your best choice for treatment will mostly depend on your allergy symptoms as well as preference.
Visit our Ear and Allergy Clinic to schedule an appointment with our healthcare professionals. Our experienced and friendly doctors will always discuss with you in extensive detail all you need to know about these treatments before helping you to choose the one that suits your needs.