Who Should Take Allergy Drops?

Our allergy philosophy has always been that if symptoms are episodic and occasional, we usually can find medication to provide relief. However, for those who suffer with allergy symptoms on a regular basis, or who take medication on a regular basis to control symptoms, we have alternatives that reduce or remove the need for medication. Immunotherapy is the process of changing the body’s immune system. For allergy sufferers, this means reducing sensitivity and reactions to their triggers (called antigens). Traditional immunotherapy has been allergy shots; however, there is a large cadre of the population that can benefit but typically are not getting this form of treatment. Allergy drops resolves these barriers.

People with inhalant allergies including dust, pollen, molds & animals. This group has been typically treated with allergy shots and in general with excellent results. The limitations are (1) reactions associated with the shots which may be severe and life-threatening, (2) the inconvenience of going to the doctor’s office weekly for the injection and then to wait at the office after the injection for up to 30 minutes to assure no adverse reactions, and (3) the emotional trauma of receiving weekly injections,  especially for younger children and older children with other medical issues. Allergy drops have none of these limitations.

People with food allergies. The symptoms of food allergy can vary widely from life threatening anaphylaxis to stomach bloating and eczema, making this group somewhat difficult to diagnose. Traditional allergy management begins with identification of foods that as best as we can tell are triggers for the symptoms, and then eliminating them from the diet permanently. Allergy shots are usually not offered since the shots often trigger severe symptoms. While studies of allergy drops for treating food allergy are ongoing, the results indicate that at least allergy drops reduce the sensitivity to food allergy and at best may eliminate them.

Thus, allergy drops are especially ideal for:

  • Infants and children*
  • Highly sensitive people
  • Those with chronic conditions including sinusitis, asthma, and eczema
  • Those on blood pressure medicines, since some medicines increase risks associated with allergy shots
  • Anyone who cannot be inconvenienced by allergy shot regimens

*Allergy management is 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.

For those who just are unable to commit to weekly allergy shots yet suffer from allergies, this is an ideal alternative. Its safety profile allows patients to take the drops at home or at work. We have a number of students attending college and university who get their drops delivered to their dormitory address and have complete relief of symptoms.