What are the Advantages of Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)?
Since they can be administered at home, allergy drops, or Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), avoid taking time off from work or school for regular office visits to your Austin allergist that are necessary for allergy shots. They are also very convenient for people who travel and cannot get to the doctor’s office for regular allergy shot visits. This method is also pain-free.
Cost of allergy drops is similar to co-pays for the typical medications or shots of most patients, but lasts only 5 years, while other medication costs could be life-long. Each patient is judged on their unique circumstances, their insurance coverage, medical history and reactions.
SLIT can be started beginning at the age of two all the way to senior citizens. Our Austin patients find that allergy drops generally are easier and produce fewer undesirable reactions than allergy shots. Fewer patients miss doses of allergy drops, which helps their treatment to not regress. Sublingual Immunotherapy offers a superior safety profile. The incidence of anaphylaxis to shots is three in one million. There have been no reports of reactions of a severe nature while using our allergy drop protocol. SLIT is all-natural – unlike medications – and is made from simple extracts of pollens, dusts, molds, and pet dander.
In the latest meta-analysis, conducted by the well-known Cochrane Review (2009), more than 2300 patients being treated with sublingual immunotherapy had a significant reduction in symptom scores and medication use for both asthma and allergies with no harsh reactions or anaphylaxis. Allergy drops are endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and it Impact on Asthma) guideline. Click here to learn more
SLIT stops allergic reactions instead of just hiding the symptoms, which is all some medications do. This is an effective treatment for allergies because it is used daily and the onset of action happens quickly, usually within four weeks. Allergy drops produce fewer unfavorable reactions than shots.
The idea behind any kind of immunotherapy, which includes allergy shots and drops, is to subject the body to a tiny amount of the substances that cause allergies. Over a several month period, those concentrations will increase and a decrease in symptoms will occur.
Potential Side Effects
Some side effects and adverse reactions are are associated with treatment through allergy drops. They are almost always very mild and usually do not warrant any treatment. At least 135,000 patients over the past 40 years with our protocol have had no reports of severe reactions.
Most often, patients report of either itching or tingling in the mouth, or some swelling under the tongue. These reactions occur during the first few days of treatment in up to 40% of all patients. We suggest treating with an antihistamine and taking the same dosage of drops until the reaction no longer occurs.
Though uncommon, some other adverse reactions may include nausea, stomach pain, and wheezing in asthmatic patients. Severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, are extraordinarily rare and are much less common than with allergy shots. Because of this, allergy drops are safe to administer at home.
Patients suffering from asthma or those who are taking beta blockers can also safely use allergy drops. As always, asthmatics should take their medications to keep their asthma under control, but the chance of significant exacerbation is much less when using allergy drops than when using allergy shots.
Patients that currently take shots are able to switch to drops (and vice versa). Prior to switching, we will need to repeat the allergy testing process. If you would like to treat your allergies with drops, or want more information, give us a call at (512) 375-4441. or email our office today to schedule your visit with our Austin allergist or ask questions about pricing or other information.