Food allergies are caused when the immune system has an adverse reaction after a certain food is ingested. This reaction can range from an upset stomach to a potentially life-threatening swollen airway. The exact cause of food allergies is not known, but it is possible to stop the adverse effects of the allergen with the right food allergy treatment. Food allergies are primarily being treated using allergy shots, but this is not ideal for everyone. If you are looking for another way to treat your food allergies, then you may want to consider sublingual immunotherapy at our office.
Sublingual immunotherapy is a special treatment that can eliminate your food allergies by exposing you to small doses of the problematic food. These doses will gradually increase over time to increase your body’s tolerance of the allergen. This will be done until your immune system learns to eat the food item without causing any unwanted symptoms. Sublingual immunotherapy exposes the body to the food allergy with liquid drops under the tongue. There is absolutely no need to get an injection.
The first step of the food allergy treatment process with sublingual immunotherapy is to make sure you are actually having an allergic reaction. This is done by taking an allergy test. While all of your symptoms may point to a food allergy, we can’t proceed with the treatment until your allergy is confirmed. Once the food allergy is confirmed, customized drops that contain your allergen will be made.
Sublingual immunotherapy is completely safe when you follow all of the instructions. It has been used for more than 20 years to treat airborne allergens, and it was recently adapted to help in other situations as well.
Taking drops for a set amount of time may seem like a bit of an inconvenience, but it is far better than the alternative. There is no reason to become cautious around food when you can easily eliminate your allergy with sublingual immunotherapy at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. Schedule a consultation at our office in Oregon, Washington, or California to learn more. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started with food allergy treatment!