How Long Does it Take to See Results From Sublingual Immunotherapy?

Allergy Drops in Los Angeles


How Long Does it Take to See Results From Sublingual Immunotherapy?

If you’re like millions of other Los Angeles chronic allergy sufferers, you are always seeking new ways to deal with this issue. For some, it feels like no method gives long-term relief, forcing them to seek out new allergy solutions in Los Angeles every few months.

When you visit our office, you don’t need to worry about your pesky allergy symptoms, such as postnasal drip, a stuffy nose, and itchy eyes. We’ll work with you to find a method that eliminates the issue that is causing your symptoms.

One method of Los Angeles allergy immunotherapy that is gaining popularity is called sublingual immunotherapy, also referred to by physicians as allergy drops. Instead of treating your symptoms, allergy drops will build up your immunity against the allergens that give you a reaction. This provides lasting resistance against your allergy problems, making it a top recommendation for people who need allergy relief in Los Angeles.

Sublingual immunotherapy is great for common allergens that you can’t avoid for the rest of your life. These allergens include:

  • Ragweed
  • Timothy grass
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Animal dander

How Do Allergy Drops Work?

The process of building immunity starts with getting tested for allergies in our two Los Angeles offices. Once your Los Angeles allergy doctor knows for sure what you’re allergic to, they can make a special mixture of these allergens to repeatedly expose your body to.

Repeated exposure is an effective method of allergy treatment because the dose is small enough not to cause an allergic reaction, but it’s enough for you to start building immunity. More and more of the allergen is delivered each week for the first four months.

To successfully administer your allergy drops and build immunity, you will need to:

  1. Place the tablet under your tongue
  2. Hold it there until it’s dissolved
  3. Avoid swallowing for one minute after, and avoid eating or drinking for five minutes after

How Long Does it Take to See Results From Sublingual Immunotherapy?

Your first dose of allergy drops should be taken under the supervision of an ENT doctor in Los Angeles to make sure that you don’t suffer an allergic reaction and that you are doing the process correctly. Every dose after that can be taken at home.

Depending on how severe your allergies are, you will have to use these drops once a day or around three times per week depending on what your doctor’s prescription says.

After the first four months, the dosage will stabilize and you will continue to take that amount. Most Los Angeles ENT doctors will recommend that you keep using your allergy drops for 3 to 5 years so that the body will build up a lasting immunity. Some patients can start to see some improvement in as little as 3 to 6 months after their first dosage.

This process is going to take a while, but repeated exposure to your allergen is essential to building your immune system. Once you’re immune, you won’t suffer from these allergies any longer, giving you lasting allergy relief in LA.

A common issue allergy sufferers in Los Angeles face is stopping their allergy drop doses prematurely once they start to feel allergy relief. This is not recommended, as you need to complete the full timeline set up by your doctor in order to have lasting relief.

If you are suffering from a severe allergy to something that is difficult to avoid, such as pollen or nuts, then you are a great candidate for sublingual immunotherapy. If you need allergy treatments during the course of your sublingual immunotherapy, make sure to consult with your allergy doctor before starting anything.

Your doctor may want to manually clear out your sinuses through balloon sinuplasty. Our allergy specialists in Los Angeles are dedicated to improving your quality of life but not just treating your allergies, but by eliminating them entirely.

About  Westside Head & Neck

The board-certified ENT doctors of Westside Head & Neck treat all general conditions of the ear, nose, and throat. Every doctor under Westside Head & Neck has extensive training in the treatment of:

  • Sinus issues
  • Voice and swallowing disorders
  • Advanced head & neck surgical oncology
  • Hearing and ear problems
  • Plastic surgery

Even more serious conditions such as neck, mouth, and throat cancer can also be diagnosed and operated on by ENTs. We accept most PPO insurance plans, Medicare, and select HMO’s to keep hearing, swallowing, and breathing relief open to more Los Angelenos. Our two offices are located in Santa Monica and Culver City. To set up an appointment to discuss your ENT issues with any of our physicians at either location, please call (310) 361-5128 or email appointments@westsidehn.com.


Head & Neck Cancer


Head & Neck Cancer is a term used to describe a number of different malignant tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.

Most head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, meaning they begin in the flat, squamous cells that make up the thin surface layer of the structures in the head and neck. Directly beneath this lining, which is called the epithelium, some areas of the head and neck have a layer of moist tissue, called the mucosa. If a cancer is limited to the squamous layer of cells, it is called carcinoma in situ. If the cancer has grown beyond this cell layer and moved into the deeper tissue, then it is called invasive squamous cell carcinoma.

Types of Head & Neck Cancer

There are five main types of head and neck cancer, each named according to the part of the body where they develop.   For more information, including signs and symptoms about each different form of  head and neck cancers listed below, click on the links below to read more on Cancer.net.

Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer. The larynx is commonly called the voice box. It is a tube-shaped organ in the neck that is important for breathing, talking, and swallowing. It is located at the top of the windpipe, or trachea. The hypopharynx is also called the gullet. It is the lower part of the throat that surrounds the larynx.

Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer. The nasal cavity is the space just behind the nose where air passes on the way to the throat. The paranasal sinuses are the air-filled areas that surround the nasal cavity.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer. The nasopharynx is the air passageway at the upper part of the throat behind the nose.

Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer. The oral cavity includes the mouth and tongue. The oropharynx includes the middle of the throat from the tonsils to the tip of the voice box.

Salivary Gland Cancer. The salivary gland is tissue that produces saliva, which is the fluid that is released into the mouth to keep it moist and that contains enzymes that begin breaking down food.

Information above provided by & approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board06/2014

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