If you're an allergy sufferer, you have to be constantly vigilant about taking any prescribed medications or visiting your ENT specialists for regular allergy injections. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you may have to visit an ENT doctor once a week, but with new breakthroughs in allergy treatment, that frequency can hopefully be reduced. At our Southeast Houston clinic, we offer effective treatment for a number of allergies. In this blog, we're going to discuss the difference between subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy.
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)
The word "subcutaneous" means "situated or lying under the skin," and that definition should give you a fairly good idea of what subcutaneous immunotherapy is. SCIT involves injections under the skin, beginning with frequent injections of allergen extract. Following the initial phase, what's known as a "maintenance phase" begins, with injections administered approximately once a month. These injections will hopefully help the body adjust to the allergen that was causing so much trouble in the first place.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
"Sublingual" means "situated under the tongue" and this treatment can be a much better option than SCIT. With sublingual immunotherapy, allergy tablets are placed under the tongue, allowing the body to absorb the allergen into the bloodstream. Our doctors will gladly discuss whether or not SLIT is a viable option for your allergic reactions.
If you're interested in learning more about immunotherapy and other allergy treatments, please contact Houston ENT & Allergy today. We're always ready to help someone overcome their allergies and live a fuller, more active life.