Who are Good SLIT Candidates?
Many people with mild to severe allergies can benefit from sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) when avoidance and medications don’t work or become too bothersome. Treating the underlying allergy can improve symptoms and reduces the likelihood of new allergies developing. In the long-run, SLIT has benefits patients can’t achieve from temporary symptom-relieving medications.
Because SLIT using the La Crosse Method™ Protocol is designed for patient safety and comfort, it’s possible to treat patients who were once considered too allergic for allergy shots or other methods. In the 45+ year history of this treatment protocol, allergy drops have proven especially helpful for:
- Infants and children. Allergy drops are helpful for children with eczema and recurrent ear infections with underlying allergy. Research shows that many children with untreated eczema and allergies often develop asthma and other chronic conditions later in life, so treating them early can have lifelong benefits.
- Severe asthmatics. Research shows positive outcomes when sublingual immunotherapy was used to treat asthma, and more studies are underway. Sublingual immunotherapy can build tolerance for allergic/asthma triggers, and lessen the need for asthma medication. And because of its safety profile, even severe asthmatics can be treated with SLIT.
- Patients with chronic conditions including sinusitis. Research validates the longstanding view that chronic sinus conditions and allergies are connected. Treating the underlying allergic disease with allergy drops has shown favorable results for patients with chronic sinus conditions.
- Patients with food and mold allergies. Other than avoidance and symptom relief, there has been little to offer patients suffering from these allergies. Clinical evidence shows a great deal of promise in treating food and mold allergies through sublingual immunotherapy, which even the most sensitive patients can tolerate.
- Needle sensitive patients. Sublingual immunotherapy may be the ideal solution for patients who are “needle averse,” unwilling or unable to undergo allergy shots. This includes patients who have experienced systemic reactions to injection therapy, who dread shots, who cannot travel and especially those who are young.
- Patients with multiple allergies including dust, pollens, molds, foods, and animals have shown clear improvements after following a regular allergy drop treatment regimen.