In the last blog post we talked about allergy shots and how they can help you manage your allergies by slowly introducing your body to small doses of the allergens that usually trigger your allergic reactions. We also talked about Home Immunotherapy, which makes immunotherapy even more accessible by allowing patients to administer their own allergy shots at home.
Much like allergy shots, the goal of sublingual immunotherapy or allergy drops is to help you control your allergies by building up your immunity and reducing your sensitivity to whatever it is you are allergic to. The three main goals of sublingual immunotherapy are:
- To dramatically reduce or even eliminate allergic reactions when coming in contact with allergens
- To eliminate the need for constant allergy medication intake
- To eventually eliminate the need for sublingual immunotherapy treatment*
* Some people might need to continue a maintenance immunotherapy treatment to prolong the effects.
Sublingual immunotherapy does not require injections. Instead, a few allergy drops are placed under your tongue until they are absorbed. These allergy drops contain a small dosage of allergens that are custom made for each patient according to their allergy triggers. The amount of drops and the level of allergen concentration in each drop gradually increases until the main goals of immunotherapy have been met; in other words, until your allergies are under control!
The length of time a person has to continue taking allergy drops depends of the severity of the person’s allergies. Some patients only require months, while others may take several years.
Allergy drops are an excellent alternative to allergy shots, especially for children who may get nervous around needles or adults who are also not comfortable with injections. Moreover, allergy drops can be administered at home by the patient themselves and only requires minimal training.
If you are interested in learning more about the different types of immunotherapy allergy treatments, make an appointment with Dr. Pasha today!