Sublingual Immunotherapy - How It Works
As president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, Dr. Frank Brettschneider provides a variety of treatment options for nasal allergies. Dr. Frank Brettschneider has built experience in the use of sublingual immunotherapy, which treats a variety of allergy symptoms.

Like traditional immunotherapy, sublingual immunotherapy involves the introduction of specific allergen concentrations into the patient's system. Patients begin treatment by receiving very small doses of the allergen, then increase the amount of intake based on physician recommendation. Traditional immunotherapy introduces these allergens by way of injection, but sublingual immunotherapy allows for the same process to take place without a needle.

Patients must first undergo allergy testing to determine what substances elicit a reaction in the patient's body. The patient then receives liquid drops or tablets, the latter of which dissolve under the tongue for up to two minutes before the patient swallows. The patient must repeat the process, often as frequently as every 24 hours, for a period of three to five years.

Ideally, this type of regular exposure to allergens helps the patient to develop a long-term tolerance to their effects. The treatment is specific to a single allergen, however, and thus must be specifically prescribed. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has currently approved such treatments for grass pollen and ragweed, though more research is currently underway to expand available options.
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