Allergy Drops New York
Allergy drops deliver a slowly-increasing load of antigen. Over time, the body builds tolerance to those antigens. The drops are placed under the tongue and absorbed by the mucus membranes. They affect the immune system through very specialized cells called dendritic cells found under the tongue. Research shows that these cells are a friendlier and more effective route for long-term desensitization.
Who can benefit from allergy drops?
- Infants and children
- Severe asthmatics
- Highly sensitive patients
- Patients with chronic conditions, including sinusitis
- Patients with food and/or mold allergies
- Patients with multiple allergies, including dust, pollens, and pests.
Allergy drops have proven LINK especially helpful for children with eczema and recurrent ear infections, which often have underlying allergic causes. Research shows that many children with untreated eczema and allergies often develop asthma and other chronic conditions later in life, so treating them early can have life-long benefits.
What is the process of immunotherapy?
The first step is to confirm a patient’s allergies through allergy testing. Then, a custom-mixed vial of drops is prepared for the patient, based on his or her unique allergy profile. The patient takes drops under the tongue daily. At first the drops are highly diluted and the patient is exposed to a very low dose of antigen. Every three months, the treatment is “stepped up,” with an increase in the potency of the drops. After 6-12 months, in the “maintenance phase,” the patient takes the same dose of drops each day.
Are there risks to immunotherapy?
It is very safe, for both adults and children. Patients take the drops in the convenience of their own homes instead of going to the doctor’s office every week for shots. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection immunotherapy.
What are the advantages of allergy drops?
- Lower cost, fewer clinic visits. Allergy drops are affordable and don’t require as many clinic visits as allergy injections, meaning fewer office visits, less travel, less waiting time and fewer co-pays.
- More convenient, fewer medications. You can take allergy drops at home or wherever you need to be, making it much easier to keep up with the treatment. Most patients also find that they need less allergy medication to control symptoms after starting the drops, adding to cost savings.
- More healthy days. The end benefit is simply feeling better. Patients typically report fewer clinic visits and hospitalizations for allergy-related issues, fewer asthma exacerbations, and less time lost from school or work.
How long must I continue the treatment?
We recommend that patients keep using the drops for three to five years so that the body will build up a lasting “immunity.”