How Food Sublingual Immunotherapy Works to Prevent Reactions

Child with food allergies receives food sublingual immunotherapy treatment.
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At TexasAllergyMD, we strive to provide patients with numerous options for treating food allergies. For patients who experience severe food allergies that pose risks to their health, our clinic offers food sublingual immunotherapy as an alternative to allergy shots and relieves allergy symptoms.

What is Food Sublingual Immunotherapy?

Food sublingual immunotherapy, also known as food SLIT, is a safe and effective treatment of severe food allergies. Food sublingual immunotherapy works by exposing the patient to small doses of the food allergen(s) causing their allergic reaction, and by gradually increasing the dosage over time, it works to help build up the immune system’s ability to tolerate these allergens.

Our Food SLIT treatment at TexasAllergyMD can help treat a wide range of food allergies, including but not limited to:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

How Does Food Sublingual Immunotherapy Work?

Food sublingual immunotherapy, just like environmental sublingual immunotherapy, works by gradually exposing your body to the specific triggers that cause your allergies. By exposing your body to the specific trigger in small quantities, your immune system learns to reduce the amount of histamine produced, causing inflammation and allergy symptoms. This process is repeated over months to allow your body to adjust to the allergen.

At our practice, Dr. Mireku can provide food sublingual immunotherapy. Your treatment will be provided as drops, and by placing a few medication drops under your tongue at specific times, the drops work on desensitizing your immune system to the substances that trigger your allergies.

The Benefits of Food Sublingual Immunotherapy

Food sublingual immunotherapy benefits patients with severe, uncontrollable food allergies. For patients seeking solutions to their allergy problem, sublingual food immunotherapy can provide these benefits:

  • Long-term relief: Unlike some food allergy medications that only provide temporary relief, SLIT can provide long-lasting relief.
  • Safe and convenient: This treatment can be administered at home, which is especially good for people with very busy schedules.
  • Reduced risk of anaphylaxis: Over time, food SLIT can help reduce the severity of food allergic reactions and the risk of anaphylaxis, especially for common allergies such as peanuts and shellfish.
  • Improved quality of life: Food allergies can severely impact a person’s quality of life, but through SLIT treatment, patients can gradually reintroduce necessary foods into their diet, improving their quality of life.

Contact Us for Information About Food SLIT Treatment!

Our experienced allergists at TexasAllergyMD will work with you to create a customized allergy treatment plan that meets your specific concerns and helps alleviate your food allergy symptoms. If you’re interested in our Food Sublingual Immunotherapy treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment by calling (469) 375-1525.

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