People who have an allergy problem often have to get regular shots to live a normal life. But it is inconvenient, painful and at times can even lead to death. Now, a better alternative is available in the market. Called the sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, this procedure has been approved by the World Health Organization and has been available in Europe for over 40 years.

Highlights of sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT
a. This is a serum that is there in regular allergy shots.
b. The concentration is higher than in the shots.
c. It comes in a tailor-made bottle.
d. Instead of weekly allergy shots, three drops under a patient's tongue is enough to provide relief.
e. It is a safe procedure.
f. It is not covered by insurance.
g. It starts showing results after 6 to 12 months.
h. A patient becomes fully immune to allergies after 3 to 5 years of regular use.
i. A patient is supposed to take it three times a day for the first week, then twice a day after that.
j. It is easy for patients to administer it themselves in their homes.

Disadvantage
a. Some patients might experience a burning or itching sensation.
b. It is not yet approved by the FDA.

Cost
Between $30 and $150 per month depending on severity of allergy