Sublingual Immunotherapy, commonly referred to as, “allergy drops,” is a great treatment option. Allergy drops have been used as a form of treatment as long as allergy injection shots. Dozens of research studies show that allergy drops are a safe, effective form of immunotherapy with much fewer systematic reactions compared to allergy shots. It is even endorsed by the World Health Organization.
Goal of Allergy Drop Treatment
With allergy drops, desensitization is accomplished by repeatedly introducing the allergen as a drop under the tongue. The idea is to build a tolerance to a person’s common allergic triggers with the goal if ultimately helping to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms.
- Convenience: Allergy drops are an at home treatment.
- Fewer Medications: By building up a “tolerance” to their allergies, patients can reduce their need for medications to control their symptoms.
- Reduced Costs: Compared to allergy shots, overall allergy drops cost less and often require less office visits.
- Feel Better: The goal of treatment is to get control of your allergies instead of them controlling you.
What is in Allergy Drops?
Like allergy shots, the allergens included as part of treatment can include pollens, molds, dust mites and animal dander. Unlike allergy shots, food may be a part of a separate drop treatment.
Allergy drops contain the same allergens that are included in allergy shots and are individualized base on your allergy testing.
Who Benefits Most From Allergy Drops?
- Infants & Children
- Highly Allergic Patients
- People with Food and Mold Allergies
- People with Multiple Allergies
- Patients Who Cannot Take Allergy Shots
- Patients with Sinusitis
Duration of Treatment Option
Allergy drop treatment takes 3 – 5 years for most patients to complete, however, some patients may respond differently based upon the severity of their allergies. Like injection immunotherapy, a small percentage of patients may not respond well or at all to allergy drop treatment, or the allergy drop treatment may even worsen symptoms or cause a reaction.