Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)
Allergy Drops Give You Freedom!
If allergies negatively impact your daily life then you are not alone. Allergies are one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States with more than 50 million Americans suffering from symptoms. Like you, these men and women struggle with headaches, breathing problems, runny nose, itchy eyes, and other difficult health problems.
Freedom from Symptoms
Over-the-counter allergy medications simply mask symptoms. However, allergy drops work directly with your immune system to fundamentally address your underlying allergy issues. With allergy drops, you get the benefit of short term symptom reduction and long term allergy relief. You can have freedom from respiratory distress, headaches, exhaustion, itchy eyes, runny nose, and other symptoms of an allergy attack. Allergy drops are safe enough to be delivered from any location, home or the office. With allergy drops, you are free from the hassle of commuting to the doctor’s office and free from the difficult scheduling requirements.
Freedom from Shots
Immunotherapy treatment for allergies has often been avoided by adults and children because it was only available through a shot. These treatment schedules require frequent office visits and pain from regular shots. This adds to patient anxiety and may reduce compliance. With allergy drops, you get all of the benefits of immunotherapy without the needles. The treatment is delivered in a liquid drop that can simply be placed under the tongue (sublingual). No shots, no frequent office visits, and no need to continue suffering from allergies.
Freedom from Financial Burden
Allergy drops are cost-effective and often provide an overall financial benefit to the patient. Allergy drops cost depends on a number of individual factors. However, the overall cost comparison is favorable and additional savings are found in:
- Increased work productivity & less work missed due to office visits
- Lower transportation costs from fewer office visits
- Lower expenses from medications and other treatments
- Greater time and energy to invest in your priorities
What are Allergies?
Your body’s natural immune system is the most effective tool for protecting you from illness and infection. It identifies and responds to dangerous foreign substances that enter the body to keep you healthy. There are times when the immune system begins to attack a harmless substance that you come into contact with. The body’s response to this immune system attack is known as an allergy.
The specific, otherwise harmless, substance that your body is responding to is known as an allergen. Common allergens in this area include:
- Pet dander
Often allergy sufferers experience attacks by multiple allergies at the same time. The responses to these allergens can range from a simple annoyance to life-threatening emergencies. These symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Respiratory problems
- Skin irritation
How Can Immunotherapy Work For Me?
Immunotherapy is a specific treatment plan for your individual allergy issues. It works by slowly and safely introducing the allergen into your system. As your body is gradually introduced to the allergen it begins to naturally train the immune system to respond appropriately. The body is quickly able to reduce the allergy response and in some cases, the allergy can be eliminated completely.
Treatment plans begin with allergy testing in order to determine the specific allergens and the level of immune response to each.
The two most common types of immunotherapy for allergies are:
- Allergy Shots (Subcutaneous Immunotherapy - SCIT) – This is a series of weekly shots that expose your body to your specific allergens. These shots are delivered in the doctor’s office under medical supervision.
- Allergy Drops (Sublingual Immunotherapy - SLIT) – This is a safe and effective alternative to shots that can be self-administered from home. Drops are simply placed under the tongue and allowed to sit for 1-2 minutes before being swallowed.
Both allergy drops and allergy shots are safe, effective, and proven treatment solutions for most allergens. Currently, there is no subcutaneous or sublingual immunotherapy for food allergies.
Are Allergy Drops or Shots More Effective
This is a common question for many patients. Both plans work effectively to build your immune system and reduce allergies. However, allergy drops have distinct advantages that promote patient satisfaction and increase long-term success rates.
- No scheduling conflicts: treatment from your home on your schedule
- No painful needles
- No waiting in the doctor’s office
- No commuting to appointments
- No more reasons to avoid getting long-term allergy relief
Allergy drops eliminate all the barriers to finally getting freedom from your allergies.
The professionals at Red River ENT Associates have helped deliver countless patients from the daily struggle of allergy symptoms. People from across the entire region are finding freedom from allergies and so should you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started on your path to the allergy-free life.
Benefits of Sublingual Immunotherapy
For most patients, sublingual immunotherapy has distinct advantages that result in a safer, more effective, and convenient process. Some of the most impactful advantages of allergy drops include:
- All Natural
Unlike pharmaceutical medications, drops are made from all-natural extracts of allergens such as pet dander, mold, dust, and pollen.
Drops are administered daily in trace amounts, reducing the risk of an allergic reaction to treatment. Reports of anaphylactic reactions to allergy shots are very rare (3 in 1 million); however, there are no reports of anaphylactic reactions to allergy drops.
A daily treatment schedule results in a rapid immune response. Often symptom reduction is experienced within the first month. Sublingual immunotherapy has been used for more than a century and scientific evidence is continuing to show that this is a very effective treatment plan.
One of the most exciting advantages is that it works with your busy schedule. No more weekly or monthly office visits, no more office waiting rooms, no more hours stuck in traffic, no more missed school or work appointments, no more living your life around your treatment schedule.
- Reduced Cost
Allergy shots are comparable in cost to the co-pay and treatment costs of allergy shots. Additional savings are experienced through reduced reliance on OTC medications, less transportation expense for office visits, fewer hours of missed work, as well as the reclaimed value of your precious time.
You can live a life free from allergy symptoms with a safe and effective treatment plan. Allergy Drops are the cure that goes beyond treatment of symptoms: they work to reduce or eliminate your underlying allergies. It's time to enjoy a convenient solution that allows you to live life on your own schedule. Contact the team at Red River ENT Associates and let them develop a customized therapy plan for your individual allergies.Request an Appointment