Allergy Drops Versus Allergy Shots

The only way to change allergic disease is through immunotherapy, which helps build the body’s tolerance to allergens. Both sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) slowly introduce the body to offending allergens, building 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 and 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

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