Recently, it has been reported that IL-17 may be involved in allergic reaction. Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is the unique curative treatment for allergic rhinitis. This study aims at investigating whether one course of birch SLIT could affect serum IL-17 levels. The findings provided show that some IL-17 producer patients had a reduction of serum IL-17 levels after one SLIT course. Therefore, this preliminary study shows that a single pre-seasonal SLIT course may induce a significant decreasing trend in serum IL-17 levels; further study should be carried out to define the role exerted by IL-17 in allergic rhinitis.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||European Journal of Inflammation|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2009|
- Allergic rhinitis
- Sublingual immunotherapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy