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Sublingual Immunotherapy

ENT & Allergy

Otolaryngology & Allergy Clinic located in Midwest City, OK

When the constant sniffles, sneezing, and watery eyes typical of allergies won't go away, you might benefit from immunotherapy treatment. Board-certified otolaryngologist Jeff Goodell, DO, of ENT & Allergy in Midwest City, Oklahoma, offers cash pay sublingual immunotherapy to relieve allergy symptoms over the long-term. To find out more, call ENT & Allergy or book an appointment online today.

Sublingual Immunotherapy Q & A

What is sublingual immunotherapy?

Sublingual immunotherapy is a treatment option for people living with troublesome allergies. Immunotherapy uses tiny amounts of the allergen that triggers your symptoms and gradually allows your body to get used to it, so it no longer causes such a severe response.

Unlike regular (subcutaneous) immunotherapy, sublingual immunotherapy doesn't involve injections. Instead, you put a tablet or drop under your tongue for your body to absorb.

The only types of sublingual immunotherapy that currently have FDA approval are tablets for ragweed, dust mites, and certain pasture grasses.

Allergy drops don't have FDA approval, so Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances won't cover the cost. However, allergy drops are available off-label, and Dr. Goodell provides them as a cash pay service that isn't billed to your insurance.

How is sublingual immunotherapy administered?

The first step is allergy testing to determine which allergens affect you. Dr. Goodell then prepares an allergen extract in drop form, or a tablet that you place under your tongue, holding it there for a minute or two before swallowing.

You repeat this process at the recommended intervals, which could be from three days a week to every day, for around 3-5 years, if it's proving beneficial. For ragweed and grass allergies, you typically use sublingual immunotherapy treatments before and throughout the allergy season.

Unlike allergy shots, you don't need to visit ENT & Allergy for every treatment — just take them at home as directed. Your provider schedules regular checkups to monitor your progress. 

How effective is sublingual immunotherapy?

Twenty years of research demonstrates that sublingual immunotherapy is safe and effective for treating allergic rhinitis and asthma triggered by dust mites, ragweed, grass, tree pollens, and cat dander.

It's also showing promise as a treatment for red, itchy eyes caused by pollen. While generally safe, you might experience mild, local side effects when taking sublingual immunotherapy, but adjusting the dose usually resolves this problem.

There’s a small risk of anaphylaxis — a severe allergic reaction — when taking sublingual immunotherapy, so it's vital you only receive treatment from expert allergists like Dr. Goodell.

Find out whether sublingual immunotherapy is the right choice for your allergies by calling ENT & Allergy today, or book an appointment online.