Sublingual Allergy Desensitization
Allergies result when your immune system overreacts to the foreign antigen that it encounters. You want your immune system to be aware of these antigens, and produce antibodies to them, but it is the oversensitivity that causes all your symptoms. Various protocols exist to desensitize your body to these antigens, and the mechanism is the same for all of them. Your body is given very small doses of the allergen and over time you slowly build up a tolerance to them. This type of gradual exposure helps build up your immunity and reduce your allergy symptoms.
You may have heard of desensitization from your family doctor, or allergist. Desensitization is commonly performed in the medical field, but the primary method of administration is by injection. The newer procedure being offered by Naturopathic and Medical doctors alike is called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), which by-passes injections and allows the medication to be taken as drops administered under your tongue.
Advantages to SLIT therapy vs. Injections
- Convenience. The injections must be administered weekly at your allergists office. SLIT requires only a couple visits to your ND.
- Pain free treatment! Making SLIT especially useful for children.
- Safety. In clinical trials, there have been less reported adverse reactions with oral therapy versus injections.
It is best to start treatment for your allergies about a month before the allergy season starts. If you are allergic to grass and weeds, now is the time to get started and start seeing results before summer hits.
Allergy Seasons in British Columbia
- Feb-March – Tree Pollen
- May-July – Grass Pollen
- July-September – Weed Pollen
- August-October – Ragweed Pollen
How much does it cost?
SLIT treatment is available by prescription only, and is therefore covered by most medical plans. Contact your extended healthcare provider for more information. Initial scratch testing may or may not be covered, please contact the clinic for more information and pricing.
Arc Integrated Medicine is now fully equip to run allergy scratch testing for common household and environmental allergens. This 30 minute, in-house test will identify which allergens you are reacting to. Once your allergens have been identified, you may choose to treat them with Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT).
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