Are Allergy Drops Better Than Allergy Shots?

Are Allergy Drops Better Than Allergy Shots?

Research shows that both subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) and sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) can treat the root cause of allergy. Though, there are a few elements that patients can consider that may make allergy drops a better option for them.

Safety and personalization

Allergy drops following The La Crosse Method™ Protocol have a great safety profile, and that’s what sets the treatment apart. Treatment is customized to each individual patient and their specific level of sensitivity — high enough to build tolerance, but not too high to cause reactions. With nearly 300,000 patients treated, anaphylaxis has not been reported.

Populations treated

Because of this safe, personalized approach, many populations that can’t be treated with allergy shots can be treated with allergy drops. For example, infants, asthmatics, and the highly sensitive can safely be treated with this method.


With allergy shots, patients travel to their allergist’s office (often weekly) for shots, where they then wait upwards of an hour to be monitored for reactions. Allergy drops require three liquid doses under the tongue daily, and they can be taken wherever you are.

Food allergens

Another benefit of allergy drops is that food allergies can be treated safely which is not an option with allergy shots. After successful allergy drop treatment, some people may be able to eat their problem foods again, and others may gain enough tolerance to not experience a life-threatening reaction if accidentally exposed.

If this sounds like the treatment option for you, find a provider near you that offers personalized allergy drop immunotherapy.




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?
~$50/month ~$20-$100/month co-pay

*treatment time varies based on severity and patient adherence