Nagging, itchy, watery eyes, a constant runny nose and sneezing all add up to one thing...allergy symptoms. These symptoms, caused by your body’s immune system, are a reaction to otherwise harmless allergens. Allergens may include mold, dust, pet dander, pollen, food and more.
Allergy Drops versus Allergy Shots
The initial goal of administering allergy drops and allergy shots is to desensitize an individual’s immune system to the allergen, and reduce the allergy symptoms as quickly as possible; the end goal is to eliminate the allergy and the symptoms.
For years, the only way to treat allergies was through allergy shots. Allergy shots, when administered according to a treatment plan help to reduce allergy symptoms. Similar to vaccines, allergy shots administer specific amounts of a particular allergen in increasing doses, so that the individual develops a tolerance. However, allergy shots require an individual to make sometimes inconvenient weekly trips to the doctor’s office.
Oral Allergy Drops
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is an oral allergy treatment that you can do in the privacy of your own home or really anywhere you choose. It starts with a customized serum that targets all of your allergens at the same time, making it a complete, comprehensive and effective allergy treatment. Allergy drops are easy to administer, just place a small regulated dose under your tongue. Similar to allergy shots, the goal is the same – develop a tolerance to whatever the individual is allergic to. There’s no need for frequent doctor visits or a shot schedule.
Subcutaneous (shots) and Sublingual (under the tongue drops) Allergy Treatment Comparison:
Both are safe and effective in treating allergies, however, allergy drops have significant advantages. For additional information, please visit our website where we answer many additional Sublingual Immunotherapy questions.
- No injections
- May be administered anywhere
- Less potential side effects than allergy shots
- Safe and effective
- May be less expensive than allergy shots – save on insurance copay
- No scheduled trips to the doctor’s office – time saver
- Children are less anxious about the drops
- Medication compliance is up to the individual
- Not be covered by insurance
- Multiple allergens in one dose
- Safe and effective
- Must be administered at a doctor’s office
- Requires a regular shot schedule
- May cause children to be anxious about the shot
- Generally covered by most insurance plans
- Has been standard of care for over 100 years
Are you ready to live allergy symptom-free? Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss how you can enjoy long-term allergy relief. For your convenience, we now offer telehealth visits in addition to traditional in-office visits. Talk to us about the treatment that’s right for you.