Allergy sufferers often turn to medication for relief. While products such as antihistamines can reduce symptoms, the effects are temporary. Immunotherapy is a safe and effective long-term treatment that involves introducing small amounts of allergen to the body regularly in order to help build up a tolerance. Traditional immunotherapy or “allergy shots” involves injections, while sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) is an oral approach utilizing tablets or drops placed under the tongue.
After identifying the allergen triggering the symptoms, the doctor will prepare an extract of the substance. This must be taken daily and consistently for a long period of time – typically three to five years – in order to build immunity. The dosage is small at first, but gradually increases over time as the immune systems becomes less sensitive and begins to build up resistance.
Allergy Drop Treatment
Sublingual immunotherapy is an effective alternative to traditional allergy treatments and works against a variety of allergies including pollen, dust mites and pet dander. It’s great for individuals who do not benefit from the usual medical treatment methods and those whose symptoms seriously affect their quality of life.
Advantages of Allergy Drops
Sublingual immunotherapy has some advantages over allergy shots. A patient can self-administer from home, eliminating the need for frequent office visits, which ultimately results in reduced expenses (fewer co-pays and less money spent on gas). No needles are required, so there is less danger of complications or adverse reactions. On the flip side, the patient has to commit to a daily regimen in order for treatment to be effective. But when administered on a regular basis, sublingual immunotherapy can pay in the long run.
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