Allergy drops are currently only available in our Birmingham, AL clinics.
Not all treatments and special programs are offered at every AllerVie location or by every AllerVie provider.
What are Allergy Drops?
Allergy drops are a form of allergy immunotherapy designed to help improve the body’s immune response to an allergen. They are administered sublingually (under the tongue) and are a great alternative for patients averse to allergy shots or whose conditions cannot be treated with allergy shots.
Unlike allergy medications, allergy drops try to get at the reason of an allergy attack.
They address the body’s immune response to an allergen, training it to limit its reaction and production of histamines.
Sublingual allergy drops are easy to take and offer relief to a wide range of allergy sufferers.
Allergy Shots Vs. Allergy Drops
Allergy shots and allergy drops both offer a range of benefits to allergy sufferers. They each have their pros and cons, however. Understanding these differences can help patients determine which option might be best for their needs.
- Duration – Both interventions take the same amount of time (approx. 3 to 5 years)
- Side effects – Allergy drops can cause symptoms associated with allergies such as rhinitis, as well as a tingly mouth. Allergy shots can have similar side effects, but also have a small risk of anaphylaxis.
- Cost – Depending on the treatment plan, patients may see cost savings with allergy drops.
- Convenience – Allergy shots can only be administered at the doctor’s office, requiring a visit. Patients can self-administer allergy drops, on the other hand, wherever they are.
Allergy Drop Side Effects
As with any medical procedure, the administration of allergy drops can result in some side effects. Allergy drop side effects are limited, but may include a tingly feeling in the mouth or other allergy symptoms. For this reason, it is important that patients adhere to monitoring protocols when first receiving allergy drops.