Jan 3, 2014
Hello Lake Country Pediatrics, S.C., followers! I am so very excited to start an allergy corner on our website. I hope to include some relevant topics concerning allergy education and allergy testing on this blog. Let me know if you have anything to add as your comments are welcomed!
Some of you may not know that we are now offering allergy skin testing in the Oconomowoc office. I am able to test your child for allergies to indoor and outdoor allergens. I can test for a variety of weeds (including dreaded ragweed), trees, molds and dust. I can even skin test for cats, dogs, horse and feathers- the most common of animal allergens. We can test for upto 72 different allergens! The skin testing is relatively easy. The testing itself only requires 15 minutes! (please plan and hour for the total appointment) At the end of the appointment, I can tell you what your child is allergic to and teach you how to make your house more allergy friendly. You can now stop wondering what may be causing your child’s stuffy nose, runny nose or constant “cold.”
We even offer pain free sublingual allergy drops (drops you take under your tongue). Sublingual immunotherapy has been popular throughout the world for over 60 years and is used exclusively in Europe to “cure” allergies. Sublingual allergy drops (SLIT) can take the place of allergy shots. You take the drops daily at home. This eliminates those weekly office visits for shots! You just come to the office once every three months for a quick check up and to reorder your drops.
Here are just a few of the most recent studies showing the effectiveness and safety of sublingual allergy drops:
- Yacoub, MR., Colombo, G., Caminati, M., Sensi, L., Di Cara, F., Frati, F., Incorvaia, C. Effects of sublingual immunotherapy on allergic inflammation: an update. Inflammation & Allergy Drug Targets. 2012; 11(4): 285-91.
- Simoens, S. The cost-effectiveness of immunotherapy for respiratory allergy: a review. Allergy. 2012; 67(9): 1087-105.
- Wise, SK., Schlosser, RJ. Evidence-based practice: sublingual immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis. Otolaryngology Clinic of North America. 2012; 45(5): 1045-54.
- Park, D., Daher, N., Blaiss, MS. Adult and pediatric clinical trials of sublingual immunotherapy in the USA. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology. 2012; 8(6): 557-64
Stay tuned for more next month!