Are allergy drops right for you?
Treat the Cause of Your Allergies with Allergy Drops
How do allergy drops work to stop allergic reactions?
Sublingual immunotherapy, also known as allergy drops, helps your body learn to tolerate allergens that cause allergic reactions. Instead of getting an allergy shot, you take three doses of a personalized liquid medication under your tongue daily.
Allergy drops contain increasing amounts of allergens that trigger your reactions — enough to stimulate your immune system, but not enough to cause a negative reaction.
Typically over 3-5 years, this stimulation retrains your immune system to tolerate allergens and stop producing chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms long after treatment is done.
What are allergies?
Allergies are caused when your immune system mistakes substances like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, or a food as a threat to your body.
When your body is exposed to this “threat,” your immune system creates specific antibodies to fight the threat.
These antibodies cause your body to and release histamine and other chemical messengers that cause your allergy symptoms like stuffy/runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, coughing, etc.
Allergy severity can be anything from a nuisance to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency.
Allergy Drops vs. Allergy Shots
The only way to change allergic disease is through immunotherapy, which helps build your body’s tolerance to allergens. Both sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) slowly introduce your system to offending allergens, building allergic tolerance over time.
Who can use this treatment?
|Patients as young as infants with a variety of allergic conditions, including asthma.||Children over 5; not recommended for people with uncontrolled asthma.|
What can be treated?
|Environmental & food allergies.||Environmental allergies.|
What are the possible side effects?
|Mild mouth & throat itching can occur; stronger reactions are rare.||Sneezing, hives & congestion can occur; some risk of strong allergic reactions & anaphylaxis.|
What is the time commitment?
|3 metered doses per day from your home, with 2-4 appointments per year for 3-5 years*.||In-office injection(s) 1-2 times per week to start and then 1-2 times per month for 3-5 years*.|
What is the cost?
*treatment time varies based on severity and patient adherence
How much do allergy drops cost?
Allergy drop cost — paid out of pocket — may be less than prescriptions and treatment covered by insurance! Personalized prescriptions are a 90-day supply.
Note: These costs are based on prescription complexity and antigens used; most prescriptions fall under these prices.