For allergy sufferers whom have put off visiting a Board-certified allergist for comprehensive evaluation of root cause of their allergic disease (asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, eczema), we are one step closer to implementing sublingual immunotherapy! Studies have shown its safety and efficacy. However, there are no studies establishing standardized dosing. While top allergy research centers work on these in order to obtain FDA approval, I urge allergy sufferers to undergo proper testing. ImmunoCAP has become a routine test at primary care physician's offices. However, sensitivity and specificity is higher with a safe and pain-free skin testing that has been available for decades. Consider this option next time your primary doctor offers more medications to "relief" your allergy symptoms!
Dr. Elvin Mendez
Dr. Elvin M. Mendez is a Board-Certified Allergist & Immunologist in private practice in Port Charlotte, Florida.