Allergy Drops Affirmed for Multiple Allergies
March 26, 2012
ALBANY —According to a study published in the February 2012 issue of the journal, Allergy, individuals suffering from multiple environmental allergies reported significant improvement in the quality of their life after undergoing sublingual immunotherapy treatment for their allergens. Sublingual immunotherapy, commonly referred to as allergy drops, are administered under the tongue.
This is welcome news for Capital Region residents where warmer-than-average winter weather is causing trees to start pollinating earlier according to reports from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).
“Sublingual Immunotherapy is a safe and effective form of treatment for allergies. It is well tolerated by patients and the compliance is much higher as compared to standard injection immunotherapy,” says Ramez J. Awwad, MD, board certified otolaryngologist at Capital Region Ear, Nose and Throat and Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
Allergy drops offer significant benefits to allergy sufferers. It helps to treat the underlying allergic disease by helping one’s immune system build a tolerance to substances that cause allergic issues. Compared to traditional injection therapy, allergy drop treatment is more convenient, requires fewer office visits and costs less. Most importantly allergy drops are a safe, effective treatment for young children, asthmatics, the highly reactive and those with underlying medical conditions that prevent them from being candidates for injection therapy.
The concept of sublingual immunotherapy is not new; researchers from around the globe have been investigating its use for decades.