Clear Lake Medical Center ENT

17099 Texas Ave. Ste. 200

Webster, TX 77598

(281) 332-4575

SLIT FAQs

IS SLIT TESTING SAFE AND EFFECTIVE?

Allergy drops have been proven safe and effective for over 30 years, they are endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and extensive research has been done to show the safety and effectiveness of this method.

Research has also shown that severe reactions are 3 times less likely to occur with immunotherapy versus allergy injections. Additionally, there have bee no records of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions in over 30 years and 200 million doses of testing.

Improvement in symptoms will not be immediate. It usually requires 3 to 6 months before any relief of allergy symptoms is noted. About 80-90% of immunotherapy patients note significant improvement of their symptoms.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SLIT TESTING?

Advantages include ease of use with no needles or injections, decreased risk of anaphylaxis, convenience of self-administration at home, improved patient compliance, portability during travel, and less office visits. Studies have also shown that people are more compliant with allergy drops compared to allergy injections.

WHAT DO THE ALLERGY DROPS TASTE LIKE?

For the majority of patients, there is very little taste sensation at all, but some patients experience a sweet taste.

HOW LONG SHOULD I UNDERGO SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY?

Similar to allergy injections, complete immunotherapy treatment takes approximately 3 to 5 years.