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What is sublingual immunotherapy?

Sublingual immunotherapy is a method of desensitizing people to allergens and chemicals.  This type of desensitization, which involves placing drops containing minute amounts of allergens under the tongue several times per day, has been used in Europe successfully for more than thirty years.  Injected desensitization treatments, also known as allergy shots, are the more common form of desensitization in the United States.
 
Recent studies, one that is still in progress, have indicated that sublingual immunotherapy is a promising new treatment for all types of allergies.  The most exciting study is one being performed at Duke University, which involves treatment of peanut and egg allergies.
 
To find out more about sublingual immunotherapy, see my other pages at left, and/or join the sublingual immunotherapy group on Yahoo! (see announcement to the right).

Interested in joining a discussion group about sublingual immunotherapy?  Go to http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/sublingual and join us!