Sublingual Immunotherapy

Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic

Allergists, Asthma Specialists, & Immunologists located in the Pacific Region

If you suffer from environmental allergies, yet you can’t stand the thought of allergy shots, the doctors at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic offer an excellent option: sublingual immunotherapy. This allergy treatment is delivered under your tongue, and it’s available for many types of allergies including mild to moderate food allergies and environmental allergies. To learn more about sublingual immunotherapy, schedule an appointment online or call one of the 13 offices throughout the Pacific Region, including Fremont, Oakland, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and San Leandro, California; Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon; Bellevue, Fishers Landing, Longview, and Salmon Creek, Washington; and Eagle, Idaho.

Sublingual Immunotherapy Q & A

What is sublingual immunotherapy?

Sublingual immunotherapy is an allergy treatment delivered in the form of a tablet or fluid that’s placed under your tongue. The tissues under your tongue, the sublingual area, rapidly absorb the allergens directly into your bloodstream. Sublingual tablets are readily absorbed because they’re made to quickly dissolve and release the allergens. 

How does sublingual immunotherapy treat allergies?

Allergies begin when your immune system labels a harmless substance as something that’s a danger to your health. Every time you encounter that allergen, the immune system sends out histamines and other chemicals that cause an allergic reaction.

Immunotherapy works by exposing your immune system to controlled doses of your allergens. Over time, the immune system becomes desensitized to the substance and stops releasing chemicals, significantly reducing or eliminating your allergy symptoms.  

What types of allergies are treated with sublingual immunotherapy?

Sublingual immunotherapy tablets are currently available to treat allergies to dust mites, ragweed pollen, and grass pollen. The doctors at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic can prescribe these commercially available tablets or can use their expertise to go a step further, mixing customized sublingual treatments in the office.

Using allergen extracts, the clinic formulates sublingual dropper bottles to treat numerous environmental and food allergies. They’ve treated hundreds of patients with individualized sublingual formulas, safely achieving improvement in their allergy symptoms. 

How long will I have sublingual immunotherapy?

Unlike allergy shots, which are given in the office, you can take sublingual immunotherapy at home once you have increased your dose in-office. Sublingual therapies use smaller doses of allergens than allergy shots, making in-home treatment completely safe.

When you take sublingual immunotherapy, you take a dose every day. However, the length of time you stay on the therapy is based on the type of allergy being treated. When your sublingual therapy is formulated in the office, the dose and length of treatment are individualized based on your unique needs.

To learn more about sublingual immunotherapy, call Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic or schedule an appointment online.