Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
A newer form of immunotherapy is now offered at The Oregon Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat West, called sublingual immunotherapy, or "SLIT." Rather than an injection, SLIT involves placement of drops underneath the tongue at home. SLIT is as safe as allergy shots, and more comfortable and convenient. Like allergy shots, SLIT is a way of desensitizing the body to its allergy triggers. The treatment is tailored for each individual patient based on their allergy test results.
Treatment is continued over two years, with the goal of achieving decades of symptom relief. With SLIT, many people are able to rid themselves completely of allergy medications, or at a minimum significantly reduce their need for them. The Oregon Clinic ENT West practice was one of the first in the Portland area to offer SLIT, and also continues to perform allergy testing and offer allergy shots.