Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (January 5, 2010)---Do you suffer from allergies? Are you tired of getting allergy shots? Botsford physicians, David Seel, D.O., Gregory Varjabedian, D.O.; Christine Lepoudre, D.O.; and Matthew Farrugia, D.O., are now offering a treatment called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) that is an alternative to allergy shots.
Although new to most allergy offices in the U.S., this form of treatment was first introduced in 1910 and has been widely used in Europe for more than 60 years. The World Health Organization has endorsed SLIT as a viable alternative to injection therapy.
SLIT uses an allergen solution given under the tongue, which over the course of treatment reduces sensitivity to allergens. It is taken as drops or tablets that are placed under the tongue three or more times per week to decrease allergic sensitivity.
Dr. Seel says, “One potential benefit of SLIT treatment over traditional allergy shots is the ability to administer the drops yourself at home, instead of making numerous trips to the doctor’s office for shots. SLIT is also beneficial for people who don’t like needles and is effective, safe and easy to administer.”
To learn more about this allergy treatment, please contact Botsford’s HealthMatch at (877) 477-DOC1.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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