When the season has you sneezing and your eyes are itchy and red, count on SLUCare ear, nose and throat specialists to diagnose and treat the source of your allergies. Our physicians offer expert care for a variety of irritants, such as pollen, mold and dust.
Allergy testing takes place in our clinic, with results available in the same visit. Depending on the diagnosis, your allergies may be treated by medications, through desensitization injections or under-the-tongue allergy drops. Our goal is to produce an allergic balance so that you are free of existing allergic illnesses and can avoid new ones.
To achieve desensitization, allergy injections are given on a weekly basis. Each injection consists of small but increasing amounts of the allergen, so that when you are exposed at the end of your treatment you will have little to no reaction.
The first 12 injections are given in the office. You may then opt to administer injections at home or to continue weekly visits to the clinic. If you elect to have home injections, you and your family members are instructed on administering the injection safely.
Like allergy injections, allergy drops help to desensitize patients to a variety of allergens, including grasses, tree pollen, ragweed, dust mites and cat dander. The drops are administered under the tongue, replacing the need for injections in certain patients. Treatment over time helps build the body's immune system, making it more resistant to troubling allergy symptoms. This needle-free therapy makes sublingual drops particularly attractive for young allergy sufferers.