May 14, 2016

How to Fight Your Allergies

There isn’t one allergy season in Texas. Allergies are around all year long, and it’s why we see so many Texas cities named as “Allergy capitals of America”.

You’ll see a lot of Texans fight these year-long allergies with over-the-counter antihistamines like Zyrtec or Benadryl. These are great for relieving symptoms quickly for a short time, but that’s about it - temporary relief by treating the symptoms, but not what’s causing them. It’s like trimming the stem of a weed invading your garden. Sure, it’s a quick and easy way to stop the problem, but you really need to take the time and pull it out from its roots.

The best way to treat allergies at their source is through immunotherapy, which is a long-term approach to build your resistance. One way of doing this is with allergy shots. However, with shots comes the risk of anaphylaxis. Because of this risk, shots require you to come in to the clinic weekly and carry an EpiPen in case of any severe reaction. Also, getting stuck by a needle every week for a few years isn’t fun.

The other option for immunotherapy is allergy drops. This is a liquid, sublingual (under the tongue) approach to providing the same long-term resistance that you get from allergy shots. Allergy drops are scientifically proven to be effective, and they completely eliminate the need for needles. Because drops are taken daily, they’re much safer than shots and can be taken at home without the need of an EpiPen. Drops easily become part of your daily routine and can travel with you wherever you go. They allow you to fight allergens all year long and build resistance against them. You don’t have to sacrifice your health or time to become allergy free.