Sublingual Immunotherapy For Nasal Allergy to a dust mite

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After healing from sinus surgery (FESS and turbinate reduction), I am keen to address the underlying allergy issue. Recent blood test shows that I have class 4 allergy to dust mite. Has anyone done sublingual immunotherapy? (Ie. drop allergen under tongue daily) Will be good to hear from someone who has tried that. 

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    yes I had! I had skin prick test and same as you it showed I am allergic to dust mites. Mind you, I knew that for a very long time already!

    There was a time I could not breath through my nose at all! 

    When I went to see my ENT specialist, he told me on the top on my allergy I had a cyst in my nose, so he advised me to get a turbinate reduction.I went along with it, but it didn't help, not one bit.

    Then he told me to use costeroid nasal sprays, I tried a zillions of them, no help whatsoever.

    Then he told try this sublingual immunotherapy. It was specifically for dust mites. I was quite expensive, the gov. only pays if it's given in injection, but not sublingual. I gave it a go for 6 month and it didn't help either!

    That was in 2012, since then I done a lot of research and I fixed it. But not with surgery - some other ENTs recommended more turbinectomy + surgery for deviated septum! Fortunately I didn't go along this time.

    The question is how bad your allergy is, what are your symptoms? If it's just a mild thing, some annoying sneezing, yes, absolutely, why not give it a go.

    However if it's more severe, like mine was, you should ask if it's the ONLY thing which causing you the problem?

    For me the sublingual immunotherapy didn't help, because dust mites were only a small part of the problem.

    Myconstant blocked nose was due to humidity + dust in the air, which made the blood vessels and the turbinates to swell up like a balloon. Though no ENT would tell you that! They want to sell stuff, want you to go under surgery, they didn't study for 6 yrs to let you go with a very simple advice.

    Figure out EXACTLY what is the underlying cause of your symptoms, and whatever it is just avoid it.

    For me, as the place where I used to live was so humid and dute to the sugare cane fields all around was full of dust I had to move. Now I live in a much drier climate and I my allergies more or less disappeared, I'd say 90%. I still have some mild congestion at night, when I sleep the lower side nostril get somewhat blocked. But I'm ok with it.

    There is no harm in trying sublingual immunotherapy, but just make sure dust mites are the underlying and ONLY cause of your allergy.

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    The allergist I go to does sublingual immunotherapy but my insurance doesn't cover it so I get shots.  I get 3 shots two times per week.  I have a LOT of allergies.  I tested positive to 38 of the 50 I was tested for.  A lot registered 8, 9 and 10 on a 1-10 scale.  

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      Hi Ann. 

      That's a lot of allergies... are the shots helping you? How long have you been on it? I just started the sublingual last Wed so it's too early to tell. For me, it's dust mite specific and there is now a tablet I can put underneath my tongue daily.  I also started on Quercetin some 2 weeks ago and that seems to help lessen the allergy symptoms. But I just stopped it because it seems to cause a decrease in my estrogen level (I'm on hormone therapy to boost estrogen levels due to menopause). I would recommend Quercetin to those who want to lessen the allergy symptoms with natural remedies. 

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      I just started the shots 3 weeks ago so I don’t have an opinion yet.   

      I am getting 3 shots twice a week for 3 mos and then once a month for approximately 3 years.  

      A friend of mine went to a place in Cleveland that treats allergies rapidly with an odd sounding muscle treatment while holding a vial of the Allergen.  She was nearly bedridden with allergies and asthma but after several treatments she’s been allergy free for 10 years.  She just went back once for a booster.  

      It all sounds really weird to me but she is definitely a success story.  

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    i start about 1 year and keep doing this.

    i feel my allergy decrease and with citrizine very managable now

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      That's good news. Hopefully I can say the same in a year's time. Thank you. 

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