What are the Advantages of Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)?
Administered at home, allergy drops, also known as SLIT avoids time off work/school for regular weekly office visits required by shots. They are also very convenient for people who travel and cannot get to the doctor’s office for regular allergy shot visits. Also some may like the pain free administration.
Cost of allergy drops is similar to co-pays for shots and medications for most patients, but ends after five years while the cost of others could be indefinite. Each patient is on a case to case basis, looking into your history, reaction and insurance coverage.
Safe for Most Patients:
SLIT can be started beginning at the age of two and thereon up to seniors. Allergy drops are easier for patients and have fewer adverse reactions than shots. Many patients also miss fewer doses, allowing them to not have to go back in their treatment process. Sublingual Immunotherapy offers a superior safety profile. The incidence of anaphylaxis to shots is three in one million. There have been no reports of severe reactions to allergy drops using our protocol. All-natural, unlike medications, SLIT is made from simple extracts of pollens, dusts, molds, and pet dander.
In the latest meta-analysis performed by the world renowned Cochrane Review (2009), more than 2300 patients on sublingual immunotherapy were found to have a significant reduction in symptom scores and medication use for both allergies and asthma with no severe reactions or anaphylaxis. Allergy drops are endorsed by the World Health Organization and the ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and it Impact on Asthma) guideline. More information
SLIT eliminates allergic reactions instead of masking symptoms as medications do. This treatment is effective at treating allergies because it is used daily and its onset of action can be faster (within four weeks). Allergy drops have fewer adverse reactions than shots.
The idea behind any kind of immunotherapy (which includes allergy shots and drops) is to expose the body to small amount of substances that cause allergies. Over a period of several months there will be an increase in those concentrations and a decrease in symptoms will occur.
Allergy Drops have been used for over 100 years, and used under the tongue. There is a large amount of scientific evidence from the past 30 years which clearly documents their effectiveness and safety.
Most patients will have fewer symptoms and begin to build immunity within a few weeks of starting allergy drop therapy. For some patients, it may take up to several months to feel the effect of the treatment. Texan Allergy uses a dosing schedule customized to your particular allergies. It is possible to take you entire daily dose at once or to split it up into two or three times during the day.
Potential Side Effects
There are potential side effects and adverse reactions associated with allergy drops. They are almost always very mild and do not necessarily require treatment at all. At least 135,000 patients over the past 40 years with our protocol have had no reports of severe reactions.
Most commonly, patients report of itching or tingling in the mouth and mild swelling under the tongue. This can occur in up to 40% of patients during the initial few days of therapy. We recommend treating with an antihistamine and keeping on the same dose of drops every day until the reaction no longer occurs.
Other adverse reactions are uncommon but may include stomach ache, nausea, and wheezing in patients with asthma are rare but can potentially happen.
Severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis are extraordinarily rare and are much less common that with allergy shots. For this reason, allergy drops can safely be given at home.
Patients with asthma or those who are taking beta blockers can safely use allergy drop. As always, asthmatics should take their medications to keep their asthma under control, but the chance of significant asthma exacerbation is much less using allergy drops as with allergy shots.
Patients currently taking allergy shots can switch to drops (and vice versa.) We typically will repeat your allergy testing prior to switching treatments. If you are interested in allergy drops, or would like more information, call us at or email our office today to schedule a visit or ask any questions about current pricing or other information.