At Sinus Center of Atlanta we take a multi-faceted approach to allergy treatment, beginning with a comprehensive allergy evaluation. Many of our patients’ allergies are well managed by a combination of allergen avoidance, medications and allergy drops, also known as allergy immunotherapy. Medications include antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamine sprays, leukotriene inhibitors, decongestants and more. Immunotherapy can be accomplished with shots or oral drops.
Although the standard treatment with immunotherapy is done via injections, or allergy shots, research has found that allergy drops are an effective and safe alternative and ideal for those who cannot tolerate allergy shots.
What are allergy drops?
Allergy drops, or sublingual immunotherapy, are a method of treating allergies by placing drops underneath the tongue. They are similar to allergy shots and the involve placing a set amount of physician-dosed antigens under the tongue to help build the body’s tolerance over time. Both methods – drops and shots – are based on the same principle: controlled exposure to extracts over time changes the immune response, effectively creating blocking antibodies and reducing or eliminating allergic symptoms.
What are the benefits of allergy drops?
Sublingual immunotherapy, like allergy shots, can improve or eliminate allergy symptoms, as well as reduce or eliminate the need for medications. Allergy drops can save patients both time and money by eliminating the need for injections or frequent office visits. Allergy drops are ideal for patients who have severe allergies, bad asthma, or anyone who cannot tolerate allergy shots.
The advantages of allergy drops include:
- No needles or injections
- No risk of anaphylaxis (throat swelling)
- Fewer office visits
- Reduced or eliminated need for allergy and asthma medicines
- Effective and safe alternative to conventional allergy shots
- More economical than allergy shots in some cases
Are allergy drops a new form of treatment?
No, sublingual drop therapy has been used extensively in Europe and the United States. Although used in Europe for many decades, allergy drops have only become increasingly popular in the United States more recently.