"Start me up!" -Mick Jagger on Sublingual Immunotherapy

Spokes Clinic is proud to announce we now offer skin scratch testing and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for allergy desensitization.  SLIT is a safe and effective alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) for the treatment of seasonal allergies, asthma, and eczema.

What is sublingual immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of what a person is allergic to, which increases “immunity” or tolerance to the allergen and reduces the allergic symptoms. Unlike injection immunotherapy, which is given as shots, sublingual immunotherapy is given as drops under the tongue.

How does the process work?
The first step is to confirm a patient’s allergies through allergy testing. Then, a custom-mixed vial of drops is prepared for the patient. The patient takes drops under the tongue daily. During the first few months, called the “escalation phase,” the dosage is gradually increased. After that, in the “maintenance phase,” the patient takes the same dose of drops each day.

Is sublingual immunotherapy safe?
It is very safe, for both adults and children. Patients take the drops in the convenience of their own homes instead of going to the doctor’s office every week for shots. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection immunotherapy.

Does it work?
Many published scientific studies have shown that it significantly reduces allergy symptoms.

How long must I continue the treatment?
We recommend that patients keep using the drops for three to five years so that the body will build up a lasting “immunity.”

How do I start sublingual immunotherapy?
Call Dr. Bentham’s office (250-494-9496) for allergy testing and an evaluation to see if you are likely to benefit from sublingual immunotherapy. If you are, the vials take one to two weeks to mix. Dr. Bentham will see you up to 2-4 times per year to monitor your progress. During therapy, when your last vial is half empty, please call our office to order your new vial.

What are the costs?
Following an initial consultation, skin scratch testing costs 150$ and is covered by many extended health providers.  Treatment then costs about 80$/month.

Speak soon,

Dr. Bentham

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