New Study Shows Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy Works in Children

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Recent Studies

The studies keep pouring in: at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting in Phoenix, researchers presented data showing that sublingual allergy tablets to grass pollen was safe and effective in children. This was the first study done in North America. Prior studies were done in England and Europe. The exciting part is that the therapy appears to work within 16 weeks and gave significant protection against grass pollen allergy compared to placebo (water tablet). It is also easy for kids to use.

I’ve been using the sublingual method to treat my patients for the past decade and have seen the dramatic improvement in children and adults. Dr. Blaiss, a former president of the Allergy society, mentioned that the great thing about this therapy is that it changes the immune system to protect against the allergen, unlike drugs which can only try and mask symptoms. I wrote in my book, The Allergy and Asthma Solution, that this unique therapy which has been around for over twenty years in Europe can change the lives of millions of allergy and asthma sufferers.

Mike’s Story

I had a patient I’ll call Mike, who couldn’t go outside during the months of May and June, because his grass allergy was so bad. He was an avid golfer, but was getting ready to sell his clubs because the misery just wasn’t worth it. Mike was a great patient: he stayed on the program and within a year he felt much better but still needed some medications. The following year he got through the spring season without any medications, just using his drops. It has been over 5 years since Mike finished the program, and I know how great he is doing by the many friends and family he has referred to our office to become allergy-free.

Journal of Allergy Study

One more important recent study: in the “The Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology” in November this year, a team of top Italian allergy researchers showed that if patients continued their allergy drops for the proper maintenance period of 3 years, they kept their protection for over 8 years and beyond. This again goes to prove that immunotherapy is an immune changing treatment that can give long-lasting protection. The most striking other fact is that patients receiving the drops developed no new allergies during the therapy, whereas the control group (just meds, no drops) had a 24% increase in developing new allergies.

Allergy Drops: A no-brainer

It’s really a no-brainer anymore: for environmental allergens (cats and dogs, tree and grass pollens, dust mites and molds) allergy drops are the way to go. I just can’t wait until the food allergy studies that are currently underway come out. Allergists and their food allergic patients so desperately need a safe treatment option.

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