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What is Odactra and What Does Sublingual Mean? – Palm Beach Sinus Doctors

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What is Odactra and What Does Sublingual Mean?

Odactra is a medication used to treat allergies to house dust mites. They aren’t something we like to think about very much, but tiny mites or bugs can be found in the dust that floats in the air and settles throughout your house. You can’t see them with the naked eye as they are far too small, but they are similar to tiny spiders and ticks. They feed off the skin cells that people leave behind and the are happiest in warm and humid temperatures. Dust mites are everywhere, but they really like your pillows, blankets, furniture, and carpets. In fact, a two year old pillow is said to be made up of about 10% dust mites and their droppings.

Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms

If you have an allergy to dust mights, you might have symptoms similar to hay fever which include sneezing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, wheezing, itchy throat, and difficulty breathing. Many symptoms are similar to asthma or can exacerbate current asthma conditions. You can also get sinusitis or sinus infections. The allergies are an immune response to the foreign bodies, the dust mites.

Your doctor may provide steps to take to reduce the dust mite population in your home to help you with your allergy. But oftentimes, Odactra is prescribed to relieve symptoms. It works by helping your immune response be less sensitive to dust mites. It doesn’t work immediately on your symptoms, but if you continue to take it, it will help over time.

What is sublingual?

Odactra is administered in a unique way. Instead of just swallowing a pill, you place Odactra under your tongue (sublingually) where it dissolves within about 10-20 seconds. Then, you do not eat or drink anything for at least 5 minutes after allowing it to dissolve. Medicines that are taken sublingually, enter the bloodstream and begin to work faster than pills that are swallowed.

Odactra and Dust Mite Allergy Care

Are you suffering from a possible dust mite allergy? Contact Palm Beach Sinus Doctors at Gardens Cosmetic Center today at 561-776-7112 or use our web contact form. We’ll get back with you as soon as possible to make sure you receive the quality care you deserve.