Food allergies are on the rise! A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that food allergies in children increased 50 percent from 1997 to 2011. But in spite of the increase in food allergies for both children and adults, the standard advice for dealing with them has been to simply avoid foods that cause reactions. This is not easy to do, however, particularly if you are allergic to very common items found in many foods or if you are allergic to multiple foods. Allergy-restricted diets can disturb quality of life, make you feel deprived, cause you to spend extra time and money making suitable meals, and, in some cases, make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
Enter sublingual immunotherapy—a treatment that has been shown to be effective in minimizing the effects of food allergy. SLIT works to desensitize the body—teaching it to tolerate food proteins that once caused it to “overreact” with symptoms such as digestive problems, skin rashes, hay fever, and full-blown anaphylactic reaction.
The treatment begins with trace amounts of food proteins suspended in liquid saline. The solution is deposited under the tongue where it enters the bloodstream by way of cells in the mouth. Over time, the body learns to “get used to” the food proteins that once made it miserable and stop overreacting to them.
Sublingual immunotherapy is easy to stick with and kid-friendly. All it requires is a few allergy drops under the tongue each day. Rather than simply endure food allergies, consult Family Allergy Clinic to learn more about sublingual immunotherapy.