Effects of Sublingual Immunotherapy on Grasspollen Allergy


Radboud University Medical Center

Status and phase

Phase 4




Drug: Oralgen
Procedure: Nasal washing
Procedure: Peak nasal inspiratory flow
Procedure: Nasal biopsy

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The objective of the study is to document the objective immunological effects of SLIT on the nasal mucosa. Better understanding of these immunological pathways, in which this widely practised clinical therapy is likely to work, can only benefit the overall outcome of this, more patient friendly, therapy and it will demonstrate the effects of SLIT on the allergic reaction, with objective parameters, in the nasal tissues showing it to be a true etiological treatment of allergy.

Full description

Double blind placebo controlled evaluation of the immunological effects (decrease of IgE specific cells and the decrease of Th2 mediator release, respectively increase of Th1 mediator release) of SLIT on the nasal mucosal tissue of adult humans with severe rhinocunjunctivitis due to grass pollen allergy.




18+ years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Age 18 and older.
  • Patients known in general practice with documented clinical history of grass pollen allergy with moderate disease intensity as retrospectively derived from the use of symptomatic allergy medication during the previous grass pollen season, i.e. regular use of cromoglycates as nasal spray and/or eye drops, and/or regular use of anti histamine tablets or sprays and/or limited use of local acting or systemically administered corticosteroids.
  • Positive (ARTU) grass pollen specific skin prick test (despite negative RAST).

Exclusion criteria

  • Clinical history of severe asthmatic symptoms requiring inhalant therapy with daily pulmonary steroids during at least 3 months a year.
  • Symptomatic perennial allergic rhinitis. Meaning perennial allergy is allowed if the allergen is not present in patients' daily life (especially one month prior to provocation) and if they have no apparent symptoms of this perennial allergy.
  • Other seasonal allergic rhinitis are not allowed unless it is asymptomatic during the period of provocation.
  • The intention to subject the patient to surgery of the nasal cavity in the course of the study.
  • Previous immunotherapy.
  • Negative (ARTU) grass pollen specific skin prick test (despite positive RAST).

Contraindications to sublingual immunotherapy, i.e.:

  • Malignancies and serious disorders of the oral cavity
  • History of status asthmaticus and anaphylactic shock
  • Aggressively developing asthmatic symptoms
  • Serious chronic inflammations, chronic disorders associated with fever, particularly of the bronchial tubes
  • Irreversible, secondary changes in reactive organs (emphysema, bronchiectasis)
  • Auto immune diseases and immunodeficiency
  • Concurrent therapy involving immunosuppressives
  • Systemic and collagen diseases
  • Tuberculosis of the lung and tuberculosis
  • Serious psychological disorders
  • Documented hypersensitivity to glycerol
  • Pregnancy
  • Serious cardiovascular disease
  • Usage of b -blockers

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Double Blind

Trial contacts and locations



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