Immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by small doses of that to which a person is allergic, administered, increased “immunity” or tolerance to the allergen, and reduces allergic symptoms. Unlike injectable immunotherapy, which is given as an injection, sublingual allergy drops is administered as a drop under the tongue.
How does the process work?
The first step is to confirm a patient’s allergies through allergy tests. Then, a vial of drops specially mixed for the patient is prepared. The patient takes drops daily under the tongue. During the first four months, the climbing phase, the dose is gradually increased. Thereafter, during the maintenance phase, the patient takes the same dose of gout every day.
Is sublingual immunotherapy safe?
It is very safe for adults and children. Patients take the drops in the comfort of their own homes, instead of going to a doctor’s office every week to receive vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injectable immunotherapy.
Does sublingual immunotherapy work?
Many published scientific studies have shown that it significantly reduces allergy symptoms.
How long should I take my drops?
Most patients take allergy drops daily for three to five years, but they vary according to the severity of the allergies, the seasonality and how much they respond to the treatment. Many patients will begin to improve their symptoms in a few weeks or months, but will need to continue using the drops during the course of therapy to achieve a long-term benefit.
How do I start sublingual immunotherapy?
Request an appointment for allergy tests and a review to see if you are likely to benefit from sublingual immunotherapy. If so, the vials need one to two weeks to mix. Dr. Lin will see you once or twice a year to monitor your progress. If your last bottle is half empty, call our office to order your new bottle.
How do I know that I have adapted a treatment?
At AllergyChoices we advocate personalized sublingual immunotherapy, based on your specific allergens and your sensitivity to adapt to your allergic fingerprint. The protocol of the La Crosse method follows this philosophy. The treatment will adapt to your tests and gradually increase according to how you respond to treatment. It does not follow a cookie cutter formula that does not take into account your individual response, lifestyle and history. This precise approach helps ensure that your treatment is not higher or lower than necessary to respond. You can ask your provider if your approach follows this treatment philosophy to make sure it is tailor-made for you.
What type of allergies can be treated with allergy drops?
One of the advantages of sublingual immunotherapy is that it can handle a wide range of allergies, including those caused by dust mites, pollen, fungi, animals, food and seasonal allergies such as grass, trees and ragweed.
Are the allergy drops safe? Is there any research finding that confirms its effectiveness?
For over 100 years, allergy drops have been used throughout the world, and numerous studies confirm both safety and efficacy. The World Health Organization has recommended sublingual immunotherapy as a real alternative to allergy vaccines. The Cochrane Collaboration, a world-leading international organization for the review of health treatments, concluded that immunotherapy for allergy symptoms, allergies and the use of allergy medications significantly reduced.
What are the advantages of sublingual allergy drops?
In addition to a viable option for people of all ages, there are other benefits for allergies:
- Lower costs, fewer visits to the clinic. Compared to injections, allergy drops usually cost less and require fewer visits to the clinic. Most patients who are treated with allergy drops only need some visits to the clinic during the first year and every 6-12 months thereafter until visits are no longer needed.
- Convenient. You can drop the allergy at home or wherever you are, making it much easier to stay with your treatment.
- Less medication Our patients report, and research confirms that, in general, they need less medication to control symptoms after the onset of allergy falls.
- Enjoy healthier days. The final benefit of constantly taking drops? Feel better. Patients generally report fewer clinic visits, hospital stays and less time lost from work and school.