STILL NEED TESTING
ANCHOR LEAD: ALLERGY TESTING IS STILL NEEDED FOR UNDER THE TONGUE ALLERGY THERAPY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Hate your allergies but don’t want to undergo testing to find out what you’re allergic to? You’re not alone, says Sandra Lin, an allergy expert at Johns Hopkins. Now a new technique called sublingual, or under the tongue, immunotherapy may help you avoid allergy shots, but you’ll still need to be tested to find out what’s driving your allergies.
LIN: We still need to figure out what you’re allergic to because every person is getting treated with a custom mix of the allergens they’re allergic to. There’s two ways to do allergy testing, one is skin testing. Our clinic typically what we do is a screening method where we use a plastic applicator. We can do our sublingual immunotherapy based on those results so we usually don’t have to do further testing unless there are other circumstances where we may want to look further. :28
Once your allergies are known, a personalized mix of drops you can place under your tongue instead of inject is made. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.