Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) with seroSLIT
SLIT is a convenient home-based treatment for asthma and allergic diseases-without shots.
Like traditional allergy shots, SLIT works by delivering a precise, measured dose of the substances that trigger allergic reactions (allergens) to stimulate your immune system - but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction.
The difference between allergy shots and SLIT is where the allergen extracts are administered. Allergy shots are given on the surface of the body with small needles, usually on a weekly schedule. With SLIT the allergens are placed under the tongue using a sublingual sprayer. Once under the tongue the allergens affect the immune system through specialized cells located in the mouth to induce an allergy desensitization. No pain, no shots, just effective allergy relief.
SLIT may be a good treatment choice for rhinitis, asthma, and other allergic diseases if:
- Allergy medications do not provide adequate relief
- Allergic triggers are difficult to avoid
- Allergy medications cause intolerable side effects or interactions with other medications you need to take
- You are concerned about the long-term use and effects of medication
- The seroSLIT difference
- Allergy desensitization with seroSLIT (www.seroslit.com) is patient-specific, and there are no one-size fits all SLIT prescriptions. In fact, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the premier American allergy medical academy, has specifically stated that:
In contrast to these recommendations some sublingual immunotherapy companies use non-specific allergen extract "master mixes" that contain up to 60+ allergens. This practice has the potential to not only be ineffective, but to cause additional allergy problems.
- allergen immunotherapy should contain only clinically relevant allergens, ie. should contain only those things a patient is allergic to.
- nonrelelvant allergens in mixes can act as sensitizers rather than as tolerogens. ie. exposure to non-allergic allergens may cause a new allergy.
- limiting the number of allergens is necessary to attain optimal therapeutic doses. ie. too many allergens may decrease the effectiveness.
seroSLIT provides only SLIT formulations based on each patient's individual allergy profile to ensure safe and effective therapy. Personalized SLIT formulations are also the reason why seroSLIT is the first choice for discerning physicians across the US.
- seroSLIT Safety
- SLIT is very safe and healthcare providers all over the world have safely practiced SLIT for more than 40 years. The majority of side effects from SLIT are local, very mild, and self-resolving. In a recent published review of 66 research papers studying the safety of SLIT it was found that there were no serious life-threatening reactions reported. Most of the time the only side effect is a mild oral itching, not unlike what many people may experience after eating an avocado or banana. This oral itching is also a sign that the SLIT formulation is promoting an immune response- exactly what it is supposed to be doing!
Dr. Jake Psenka, ND is one of the founding partners of seroSLIT, and is very well versed in the uses of sublingual immunotherapy and allergy diagnosis. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and learn how to effectively treat your allergies using sublingual immunotherapy.