Coseasonal sublingual immunotherapy reduces the development of asthma in children with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis

University of Florence, Florens, Tuscany, Italy
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Impact Factor: 11.48). 11/2004; 114(4):851-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2004.07.012
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We wondered whether short-term coseasonal sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) can reduce the development of asthma in children with hay fever in an open randomized study.
We sought to determine whether SLIT is as effective as subcutaneous immunotherapy in reducing hay fever symptoms and the development of asthma in children with hay fever.
One hundred thirteen children aged 5 to 14 years (mean age, 7.7 years) with hay fever limited to grass pollen and no other clinically important allergies were randomized in an open study involving 6 Italian pediatric allergy centers to receive specific SLIT for 3 years or standard symptomatic therapy. All of the subjects had hay fever symptoms, but at the time of study entry, none reported seasonal asthma with more than 3 episodes per season. Symptomatic treatment was limited to cetirizine, loratadine, nasal budesonide, and salbutamol on demand. The hay fever and asthma symptoms were quantified clinically.
The actively treated children used less medication in the second and third years of therapy, and their symptom scores tended to be lower. From the second year of immunotherapy, subjective evaluation of overall allergy symptoms was favorable in the actively treated children. Development of asthma after 3 years was 3.8 times more frequent (95% confidence limits, 1.5-10.0) in the control subjects.
Three years of coseasonal SLIT improves seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms and reduces the development of seasonal asthma in children with hay fever.

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    • "Among those, many are well­conducted trials and some are multicentric studies being large enough to draw consistent conclusions on the efficacy of SLIT in this setting as well as its good safety. The only trial where a clear benefit of SLIT was not evident is the one performed by Röder et al[17], but it seems important to underline actually the fact that the study population was not made of patients evaluated at allergy referral centers[19]. This aspect could have affected the results for several reasons. "

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    • "Allergic rhinitis/rhinoconjunctivitis may significantly impair social life, school performance, work productivity and sleep in both adults and paediatric populations [1]. Moreover, if left untreated, allergic rhinitis/rhinoconjunctivitis is considered to be one of the major risk factors for the development of asthma [3-5]. "
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    • "However, there are limiting factors associated with SCIT, such as anaphylactic reactions and the acceptability of injections [9]. Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), the administration of an allergen via the oral mucosa, has also been confirmed to reduce the incidence of new asthma cases [10]. The lower frequency of side effects and the relative convenience make SLIT a more acceptable treatment for children [11]. "
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