What are the advantages of allergy drops compared to allergy shots, and are they safe?

In addition to being able to treat patients of all ages safely and effectively, there are other advantages to allergy drops.

Time commitment for allergy shots. Patients on allergy shots visit the office weekly initially, and with each visit wait for up to 30 minutes to observe for possible reactions to the shots. After 9-12 months of weekly injections, the frequency of injections shifts to every 2 weeks and ultimately once every 4 to 6 weeks.

Time commitment for allergy drops. Patients receiving allergy drops visit the office every three months, at which time they pick up their solutions and get checked to be sure that the therapy is working. For those who are not local to our community, we ship allergy drops anywhere and those patients stop in for a visit when they are conveniently in the area.

Convenience. Allergy shots are only administered under direct physician supervision. On the other hand, you can take allergy drops at home or wherever you need to be, making it much easier to stay with your treatment. Those on allergy drops experience less time lost from work and school.

Lower cost, fewer clinic visits. Compared to shots, allergy drops cost less and require fewer clinic visits. Most patients receiving allergy drops need only a few clinic visits the first year, and once every 6-12 months thereafter until visits are no longer needed.

Patients who take either allergy drops or allergy shots ultimately take less medication to control symptoms. Both groups report feeling better. Patients typically report fewer clinic visits, hospitalizations, and lost time from work or school due to illness.

Allergy drops have been used around the world for more than 60 years, and numerous studies validate both the safety and effectiveness. In fact, the World Health Organization has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection therapy, and it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.