Uncontrolled allergies can worsen sinus conditions, leading to chronic sinus infections and discomfort. Outdoor or seasonal allergies are common in Missouri and Illinois. In fact, Missouri is one the most allergic regions in the country. In the spring and summer, allergies may be caused by a variety of pollenating trees and grasses. In the fall, pollenating weeds (ragweed being the most common) are the main cause of allergic symptoms. Some people may see their symptoms worsen during these “seasonal” time periods, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have indoor allergies (dust, mold, pet, etc.) as well. Because allergies tend to overlap or stack up, it is difficult to know exactly what patients are allergic to without conducting an allergy test.
Once allergies are diagnosed, a tailored treatment plan will be put in place. This plan may include allergen avoidance, various allergy medications, and/or allergy immunotherapy. There are two forms of Immunotherapy; 1) Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (allergy shots) and 2) Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT.)
Sublingual Allergy Therapy is an alternative to allergy shots. Like shots, sublingual allergy therapy gives patients a small dose of what they are allergic to on a regular basis – allowing them to eventually become immune to the allergen or lesson their symptoms. Unlike allergy shots, sublingual allergy therapy puts small amounts of the allergen under the tongue in a sugar solution every day. This can be done in the convenience of the patient’s home until the solution needs to be refilled. By not having to come into the office for shots and waiting after the administration, it is extremely convenient and a huge time saver.