How Do Allergy Drops Work?
Allergy drop treatment works similar to shots by delivering a slowly increasing dose of physician-prescribed antigen that over time builds the body’s tolerance. The difference is that the drops are placed under the tongue and affect the immune system through very specialized cells found under the tongue. Research shows these cells are a friendlier and effective route for long-term desensitization, making it an ideal option for patients who aren’t candidates for shots. Most patients take allergy drops each day for three to five years.
What Are the Advantages of Allergy Drops?
Aside from the benefits of being able to treat more patients, including children, asthmatics and others who aren’t able to tolerate shots, there are other advantages to allergy drops.
Compared to shots, allergy drops cost less and require fewer clinic visits. Most patients receiving allergy drops need only a few clinic visits the first year, and once every 6-12 months thereafter until visits are no longer needed.
You can take allergy drops at home or wherever you need to be, making it much easier to stick with treatment. And many patients find they need less medication to control symptoms after beginning allergy drops.
The end benefit is simply feeling better. Our patients typically report fewer clinic visits and hospitalizations, as well as less time lost from work and school, after taking their drops consistently.
Are Allergy Drops Safe and Effective?
Allergy drops have been used around the world for more than 60 years, and many studies show that allergy drops are safe and effective. Dosing levels and the route of administration are safe enough to effectively treat infants, children, and people suffering from chronic conditions that previously made them unable to receive immunotherapy via shots.
In fact, the World Health Organization has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection therapy.
The safety profile for sublingual immunotherapy is superior to injection based on research studies and patient treatment experience. Systemic reactions occur 3x less with sublingual, and there has never been and anaphylactic reaction (life threatening) recorded over the 30+ years of sublingual treatment.
Can my Child be Treated?
Children from infancy on up can be treated with allergy drops. Because sublingual therapies use carefully measured frequent doses to treat allergic conditions effectively, they are able to treat children early on–enabling them to treat the root cause of the allergy before it develops into other related conditions.