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Immunotherapy halves the risk of asthma in allergic children.

SLIT or sublingual immunotherapy involves administering a tiny amount of allergen under the tongue each day. Specially formulated tablets containing grass pollen are available in Ireland. Other allergens can be prepared in droplet or liquid form.

Treatment of children with grass and or birch pollen significantly reduces the chances of developing asthma. In the PAT study children identified as allergic to these pollens and desensitised with immunotherapy were less likely to suffer from asthma when rechecked five years later. The children were treated for three years and were more than twice as likely to be free from asthma when reassessed.
Allergy 2006: 61: 855–859

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