Allergy Treatment (Environmental) in Neptune, Holmdel and Manahawkin NJ
What are My Seasonal Allergy Treatment Options?
Immunotherapy is the only proven allergy treatment that reworks the immune system to recognize the allergens and not want to react to them. Immunotherapy consists of exposing the immune system to small doses of allergen extracts to increase your tolerance to allergens. The allergen extracts can be delivered via in-office weekly injections also known as allergy shots or via daily sublingual drops under the tongue, also known as SLIT. Over the course of your allergy treatment, which can last as long as three to five years, your body learns not to view the substances as harmful hence limiting your experienced allergy symptoms. Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat offer two types of immunotherapy:
This type of allergy treatment will require weekly subcutaneous injections that eventually will be weaned after maintenance therapy has been achieved and symptom relief is evident.
SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy)
The same specific serum is created, but the delivery is different in that there are no injections! This allergy treatment utilizes dosing by administering the allergy serum under your tongue with daily drops. Patients can administer sublingual immunotherapy at home. This eliminates the need for weekly visits to the allergy office.
How Does SLIT Work?
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is a safe and easy way to build up your body’s immunity to offending allergens. This newer delivery method of immunotherapy involves self-administering your custom formulated serum by administering a few drops of serum under your tongue on a daily basis. This process helps you to develop lasting immunity.
What are the Advantages of SLIT?
SLIT is self-administered in the comfort of your own home and requires fewer office visits. Although still considered “off label” by the FDA in the United States, the research surrounding SLIT allergy treatment is promising and the therapy can be an effective treatment option for many patients.
Allergen avoidance is attainable by limiting your exposure to potential allergens. The medical and nursing team at Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat will conduct allergy testing to identify the allergens that may be triggering your reactions. These allergens may include tree pollen, grass and weed pollen, dust mites, animal dander and mold. Try your best to avoid or minimize contact with your problematic allergens.
Over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications can be quite effective at calming your immune system reaction and easing symptoms. These allergy treatment options can include oral medications such as anti-histamines, nasal sprays and eye drops. Medications can control allergy symptoms but after stopping the medication, your symptoms will come right back. Some common products include: antihistamines, decongestants, leukotriene inhibitors and prescription nasal sprays.
- Allergic Rhinitis-Hay Fever
- Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, & Rhinosinusitis
- Allergies and Hay Fever
- Antihistamines, Decongestants, & Cold Remedies