Allergy drops: A pain-free alternative to traditional allergy shots.
For years, allergy shots have been the go-to immunotherapy treatment used to desensitize the body to everyday allergens and ease symptoms over time.
No shots, just drops
For those who prefer to avoid needles, injections and clinic visits, Oakdale ENT offers allergy drops, also called sublingual immunotherapy. It’s a welcome alternative for many patients.
Sublingual simply means “under the tongue.” Immunotherapy refers to the approach of treating allergies themselves through desensitization, whereas antihistamines and other medications only treat symptoms.
Drops work by slowly introducing your body to the allergens you are most reactive to, slowly increasing the concentration over time. As your body adjusts, the concentration increases, and your immune system is trained to no longer react to the presence of the allergen in your environment.
Instead of needles and injections, this convenient, self-administered therapy is done right at home. No need to schedule regular office visits. In fact, drops are so convenient, patient compliance tends to be significantly higher with allergy drops vs. shots.
Drops are typically taken for 3-5 years. Some begin to see improvements within eight weeks. For others, improvements may take up to 1-2 years. For one particular allergy, mold, retesting over six months is required tailor compounds.
Allergy drops are considered extremely safe, with no fatal events ever reported and severe reactions reported in rare instances.
Oakdale ENT now offers sublingual drops compounded in-house in our clinic. Our allergy specialists are proud to customize allergy drops based on the results of each individual’s allergy tests.
These allergy drops are:
Safe for patients on beta blockers
Safe for patients with asthma
Acceptable (and easier) in treating children
Helpful in treating chronic sinusitis in some individuals
Allergy drops, while not covered by insurance, are often less costly despite lack of coverage, in part, because frequent office visits are not required. Other cost savings to consider:
- Sublingual immunotherapy can be paid for with HSA and flex spending accounts.
- Discounts are available to individuals ages 55+
Want more details about pricing?
Ready to schedule a consultation? Contact Oakdale ENT today.