Century City Allergy
Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists & Board-Certified Allergist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Immunotherapy is an effective long-term treatment for troublesome allergies like hay fever. If you're struggling with a non-food allergy, Marc Meth, MD, and Elizabeth Feuille, MD, at Century City Allergy in Los Angeles, California, can help. The team offers the convenience of sublingual immunotherapy, a home-based treatment in which all you need to do is administer allergy drops under your tongue each day. To find out how you could relieve your allergy symptoms using sublingual immunotherapy, call Century City Allergy, or book an appointment online today.
Sublingual immunotherapy Q & A
What is sublingual immunotherapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy is a long-term treatment for certain allergies. It involves using allergy drops that you place under your tongue each day.
This therapy is similar to the immunotherapy or allergy shots you receive in-office at Century City Allergy. However, using allergy drops at home offers a more convenient option for patients.
Why would I need sublingual immunotherapy?
You might benefit from a course of sublingual immunotherapy if you have allergies that are causing you problems with your day-to-day life.
Allergies like hay fever and other forms of allergic rhinitis can have a significant impact on your wellbeing if you're constantly sneezing and wiping your streaming eyes. Though treatments like antihistamines are often highly effective in managing such symptoms, they don't work for everyone.
If you're finding your allergy is causing too much distress or disruption to your life, immunotherapy offers an effective way of resolving your problem. However, the treatment can take several years to complete in some cases, and visiting for regular allergy shots can be inconvenient and time-consuming.
Sublingual immunotherapy gives you the benefits of allergy shots without having to leave home.
How does sublingual immunotherapy work?
Sublingual immunotherapy works by desensitizing your immune system to the allergens triggering your allergy. Dr. Meth and Dr. Feuille prepare your immunotherapy treatment to suit your specific allergies.
Allergies develop because your immune system overreacts to the presence of a particular substance in your body. In most cases, these substances are harmless; for example, pollen, dust, pet dander, and latex aren't a threat to your health in the way a virus would be.
Nevertheless, your immune system behaves as if these substances were dangerous, which is why you experience an allergic reaction. Using sublingual immunotherapy, Dr. Meth and Dr. Feuille can get your immune system used to the allergen over a long period, so it begins to tolerate the allergen and no longer responds inappropriately.
Is sublingual immunotherapy easy to use?
Sublingual immunotherapy is easy to use. You simply place the required dose under your tongue once a day. It's suitable for adults and children over the age of five.
The build-up period for your sublingual immunotherapy typically takes a month. Following this initial phase, you continue taking daily allergy drops for as long as the team recommends, which is usually several years.
To find out more about sublingual immunotherapy, call Century City Allergy today, or book an appointment online.