Allergies - Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?
Common allergy symptoms include: sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy, watery eyes and sometimes dark circles under the eyes. One way to tell if your symptoms are related to a cold or allergies are if your symptoms last longer than 10 days. If so, it’s usually allergies. Also, general aches and pains and fever are symptoms that are never associated with allergies. Staying indoors to avoid pollen, staying away from conditions that stir up pollen (like fresh cut lawns) and planning outdoor activities later in the afternoon when grass pollen is lower can help manage allergy symptoms.
What can I do to minimize my allergy symptoms?
Staying indoors to avoid pollen, staying away from conditions that stir up pollen (like fresh cut lawns) and planning outdoor activities later in the afternoon when grass pollen is lower can help manage allergy symptoms. If you are outdoors for a long period of time, shower and change into new clothes when returning inside. If you have a furred pet, frequently bathe or wipe them down to help keep the pollen from coming indoors. Make sure to change your air filters in your home and keep your windows shut. If you are affected, immunotherapy can improve your immunity to allergies in addition to relieving symptoms.
Does mold really affect my allergies?
Yes! Many people are allergic to mold and don’t even realize it. If you have allergy symptoms year-round, or they get worse in damp weather, you might be allergic to mold. Mold allergies can flare all year long, causing sneezing, runny, stuffy nose, watery eyes or itchy eyes and throat, and cough. It can also worsen asthma symptoms. Immunotherapy is an effective option for long-term relief.
What happens if I don’t treat my allergies?
Untreated allergies can lead to a variety of secondary infections, like ear infections, sinus infections and other inflammatory problems that can include eczema, sinusitis and asthma. Moods are also affected by allergies. Anxiety and depression can be triggered from the lack of sleep and ongoing symptoms. It is important to seek treatment when symptoms are first noticed.
When do children develop allergies?
Allergic tendencies are often passed genetically from parents to children, although it can take months or years for an allergy to develop after initial exposure. Each child has a certain amount of exposure that must occur before an allergen causes a reaction. In most cases, seasonal allergies to pollen and grass usually don’t begin until a child is about 3 or 4. Most children’s allergies will respond to over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and prescription nasal sprays. However, we see many kids who don’t improve until they are treated with allergy immunotherapy.
Allergy Drops - Frequently Asked Questions
How do allergy drops work?
Low doses of allergens are placed under the tongue where they’re absorbed by the body. Over time, the body will build up a tolerance to these allergens, lessening or completely eliminating the allergic reaction.
Are allergy drops just as effective as shots?
Yes! In a head-to-head study, both drops and shots were similarly effective. They’ve been endorsed by the World Health Organization, and many studies show that they are effective at reducing allergy symptoms, asthma symptoms, and the development of new allergies.
Can I be on seasonal allergy drops and food allergy drops at the same time?
Yes. You just have to wait 20 minutes between the different types of treatment.
Are allergy drops safe?
Yes. Allergy drops are extremely safe. Recent studies show that the risk of severe reactions with drops is approximately 1 per 100,000,000.
Is there a chance of a severe reaction at home from taking the drops?
It is extremely rare to have any severe reaction. The latest studies show the rate at 1 per 100,000,000. There have been some reactions reported, but all resolved.
Can children get allergy tested and take allergy drops?
Yes! We test and treat children ages 4 months and up. Patients under 2 years will have a limited testing panel.
What insurance plans are accepted?
We accept most major health insurance plans, including Scott & White. We also accept most Medicare and Medicaid plans.
Are allergy drops covered by insurance?
Typically, drops are not covered by insurance. However, more and more employers are starting to add this as a covered benefit.
What are the benefits of taking allergy drops?
Safe & Effective - Allergy drops are clinically effective as proven in multiple, worldwide studies.
Affordable - Allergy drops cost less than it would cost to take a daily over-the-counter allergy medication or nasal spray.
Convenient - Allergy drops can be taken at home or on the go. No more taking time off work to get an allergy shot!
Pain-free - Allergy drops are painless and easy to take.