- Intradermal skin testing to diagnose airborne allergies such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, molds, cockroaches, feathers, and orris root (chemical in perfumes and colognes)
- Blood tests to diagnose airborne allergies
- Blood tests to diagnose food and chemical allergies
Allergy Treatment Options
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Sublingual Immunotherapy or (SLIT) is a method of allergy treatment that uses an allergen solution given under the tongue, which over the course of treatment, reduces sensitivity to allergens. SLIT can be used to treat allergies in both adults and children. Examples of airborne allergies are pollen, dust mites, molds, feather, and animal hair.
The treatment is administered daily at home by the patient placing three drops under the tongue and holding it for 1 minute to 2 minutes to allow it to absorb into their system. The strength of the vial is increased every eight weeks (56 days) until you achieve your maintenance dose.
SLIT has been shown to be very safe and effective and much more convenient than receiving allergy injections. SLIT has been used for over 60 years and is especially popular in Europe. Most allergy patients in England that are doing immunotherapy use SLIT. In Italy and France, 50% of the patients are on SLIT. In the 1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved SLIT as a safe and effective method in providing allergy treatment.
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy or (SCIT) is the traditional method of getting frequent allergy shots in the arm or thigh. The patient has to wait at least 20 minutes to check for adverse reactions in a doctor's office and injections are received anywhere between twice a week to once a month. The amount injected is increased with each visit until the patient is at a maintenance dose. Over time, the patient may be able to administer the shots at home.
Seasonal Allergy Prevention & Treatment
Our own Dr. Karen Hoffmann was recently interviewed on WSB-TV about Atlanta's high pollen counts, what patients can do to prevent seasonal allergy flare-ups, and how Piedmont ENT & Related Allergy can help you treat your symptoms.