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A Different Way to Fight Allergies

Science Daily recently posted an article about the benefits of Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), a method of treating allergies that doesn’t require shots.

A scientific review of 63 published studies affirms that putting small amounts of purified grasses, ragweed, dust mites, pollen and mold, in liquid drips under the tongue is a safe and effective alternative to weekly injections of those allergens or the use of other medications, in treating symptoms of allergies and allergic asthma in some people.

The research, conducted at Johns Hopkins, examined over 5,000 participants’ reactions to this newer form of allergy treatment. Results revealed “strong evidence” that in eight of 13 studies, drop therapy produced a 40% or greater reduction in coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest.

Associate professor of otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and senior study investigator Sandra Lin said, “Our findings are clear evidence that sublingual immunotherapy in the form of allergy drops are an effective potential treatment option for millions of Americans suffering from allergic asthma and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.”

The Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s board-certified otolaryngologists are trained and certified to start patients on a SLIT program.