What Are Allergy Drops?
Allergy drops are a form of immunotherapy. They stimulate the patient’s immune system to develop antibodies to block the allergic reaction before it occurs. This form of therapy allows the patient to have a significant reduction in allergy symptoms and require less allergy medicine. Unlike allergy shots they can be given safely at home, don’t require any needles, and are safer than allergy shot therapy. Allergy drops have been shown to be equal in efficacy with allergy shot therapy.
Allergy drops are formulated based on skin testing in our office. The skin testing we use has no needles. Instead, it is a plastic multi-pressure device which is dipped in the typical allergens and placed on the patient’s back. The results are read within 15 minutes. Positive reactions are used to formulate the appropriate allergy drops. Some patients have LAR (local allergic rhinitis) meaning allergy isolated to the nasal and sinus membranes that will not show on skin or blood testing. We include allergens that the patient knows bother them even if negative on skin testing to treat this LAR.
What is the difference between Allergy Drops and Allergy Shots?
Many people are familiar with allergy shots. The mainstay of treatment of severe allergies for decades. This therapy can be very successful, but unfortunately, it requires weekly visits to the doctor’s office as well as the need for injections. Research and clinical experience in Europe led to the development of allergy drop therapy. It was discovered that special cells that exist beneath the lining under the tongue can also stimulate the immune system to create these same allergy blocking antibodies. Instead of weekly visits and shots, the patient can safely use the allergy drops under the tongue once daily to relieve their allergy complaints. If you have held off allergies tested because the hassle and pain of shots were not for you, consider the use of allergy drops therapy as a nice alternative.
What are the Benefits of allergy drops?
This form of therapy will quickly reduce allergy symptoms such as the following:
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Sinus inflammation
- Recurring infections.
Allergy Drops Patient Testimonial
“I have been a patient of Dr. Slaughter for years. I have received the best of care from him and his staff. I have quality ear care and allergy relief. The allergy drop treatment has made living in Austin more comfortable year round. It is the most relief from allergy issues I have received since moving to Austin.” Nancy M. – August 2018
Who are the ideal candidates for Allergy Drop treatment?
Anyone who has allergy symptoms and would like an alternative to all of the typical allergy medicines is a good candidate. It’s especially helpful in patients who are not getting enough relief from the usual allergy treatments. It is safe even in patients who normally can’t take allergy shots such as those on Beta-Blockers.
There is no age requirement for allergy drops and they can be used in very young children. They taste sweet and are well tolerated. In our office, skin testing is done without needles so allergy testing can also be done at a very young age. If the child is too young to be tested we can also simply formulate the drops based upon what the parents notice causes symptoms.
Local Allergic Rhinitis Treatment
Allergy drop therapy can even be used if you have been told you “don’t have allergies” by an allergist based upon skin testing. It isn’t necessarily true that a patient does not have an allergy if skin testing is negative. If the patient has typical allergy symptoms with negative skin testing the patient has LAR (local allergic rhinitis). LAR means that the patient does have an allergy but it is isolated to the nasal and sinus membranes and is not systemic (negative blood or skin testing). In cases of LAR we formulate the allergy drops based upon the patient’s history. What types of exposures, times of the year, cause the symptoms. Typical offending trees, weeds, grasses, dangers, molds, dust mite, are included to treat these patients successfully.
If your allergy test was negative but you know you have allergies, you should watch this video and learn about Local Allergic Rhinitis.
how are allergy drops Administered?
The drops are given once a day under the tongue and are held for 2 minutes then swallowed.
How quickly can allergy drops relieve symptoms?
Drops get to maintenance dose in less than two weeks and patients may feel improved in just 6 weeks. Most patients will have very nice symptomatic relief by 6 months. A 36-month course of allergy drops is usually all that is needed. The patient’s body has learned it’s lesson after 3 years and keeps making the antibodies to block the allergy even if the drops are discontinued.
Allergy Drops Patient Testimonial
Can I Take Over The Counter Medication with Allergy Drops?
Traditional allergy therapies such as nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, etc can be used along with allergy drop therapy. Typically by 3-6 months in to allergy drop therapy our patients will find that they don’t need allergy medications anymore.
Are there Side Effects to Allergy Drops?
Drop therapy is not a medication. It is naturally occurring allergens and has very few side effects. Some patients may experience a tingling or slight swelling under the tongue. There may be a brief worsening of allergy complaints in the first few weeks as the body starts to make the antibodies.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about allergy drops, contact our office today! Call (512) 601-0303 or request a consultation online to schedule a consultation with board-certified ENT specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.