An Introduction to Sublingual Immunotherapy

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Sublingual Immunotherapy
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As president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat in Michigan, Dr. Frank Brettschneider offers a variety of treatments for allergies. Dr. Frank Brettschneider and his colleagues make use of sublingual immunotherapy, a non-injective treatment methodology.

Sublingual immunotherapy offers preventive care for allergies by increasing tolerance to the allergen over time. It involves first determining the patient’s specific sensitivities. This information then allows the treating physician to prepare or prescribe a targeted allergen extract, which the patient places under the tongue for up to two minutes before swallowing. The patient repeats the process at home, three to seven days per week for approximately three to five years, depending on individual needs.

Sublingual immunotherapy currently stands out as the first preventive treatment not to require injections at an allergist’s office. It enables patients to self-administer, provided they adhere to specific dosage instructions and remain watchful for potential reactions, which may require treatment cessation and/or medical attention. It is currently available off label and for certain inhalant allergies, including dust mites and ragweed.