What are the advantages of sublingual immunotherapy?
Will my patients benefit from sublingual immunotherapy?
In the world-renowned Cochrane Review, a meta-analysis reviewed 22 studies involving 979 patients on sublingual immunotherapy and concluded that sublingual immunotherapy is a safe treatment which reduces symptoms and medication requirements in allergic rhinitis. SLIT is also endorsed by the World Health Organization and the ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma) guidelines.
In addition, our studies show that more than 80 percent of allergic patients and more than 90 percent of asthmatics report symptom relief within the first few months of using AllergyEasy.
Is sublingual immunotherapy safe?
SLIT does not carry the same risks of anaphylactic reaction that shots do. To date, there have been no life-threatening adverse events associated with SLIT. This makes SLIT a perfect option for those that may not be candidates for allergy shots (severe asthmatics, small children, etc.)
How long will it take for patients to see results with AllergyEasy?
The vast majority of AllergyEasy patients achieve symptom relief within three months. Many patients report reduction of symptoms within the first month and often within the first couple weeks of starting the program.
How long has sublingual immunotherapy been available?
Sublingual immunotherapy has been used for over 60 years worldwide. It is especially popular in Central Europe where the majority of patients receiving allergy treatment opt for sublingual immunotherapy (rather than shots). SLIT is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States.
What is immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is the process of desensitizing the body by gradually introducing it to allergy-causing dusts, molds, and pollens. Extracts of these allergens are mixed into a saline solution and introduced to the body through shots (subcutaneous) or under-the-tongue drops (sublingual). Over time, the concentration of these allergens is increased until the immune system learns to ignore them. As the immune system learns to tolerate these allergens, it will stop overreacting to them and allergies will go away.
What is the typical amount of time needed for patients using sublingual immunotherapy
to achieve permanent remission of allergy symptoms (immune modulation)?
While many patients experience symptom relief in a matter of weeks, it can take up to three to five years to completely “re-train” the immune system for life.
I travel a lot. Will AllergyEasy work for me?
AllergyEasy is a perfect program for travelers such as pilots, members of the military, etc. Sublingual immunotherapy (drops) have distinct advantages over subcutaneous immunotherapy (shots) when traveling. SCIT requires that the patient remains in the office after the injection for thirty minutes to monitor for potential side effects. With SLIT, the patient can take the serum on the road with him/her. All of our bottles are under three ounces, making them perfect for travelers. Additionally, AllergyEasy’s comprehensive serum safeguards patients from the world’s major allergens. Patients are protected wherever they go.
Is sublingual immunotherapy covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans do cover the cost of allergy testing and associated physical examinations/office visits. The actual sublingual serum is not as widely covered, but this is expected to change in the near future as insurance companies adjust to accommodate the growing body of research substantiating the effectiveness of sublingual serum delivery.
In the meantime, most patients are happy to pay out-of-pocket for SLIT, finding it cheaper to pay cash for allergy drops than to pay the co-pays alone for allergy shots.
Is sublingual immunotherapy safe for children?
Yes! While many allergists won’t start children on allergy shots until age 7, even infants can safely take oral drops. Unlike shots, oral drops are not associated with life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. In addition, the serum is all-natural, consisting of the same elements we breathe in daily in our environment.