Sublingual immunotherapy drops are an alternative way to boost your immune system and treat environmental allergies without requiring injections. If you’re ready to stop sniffling and sneezing from ragweed, grasses, and dust mites, schedule an evaluation at The Allergy Clinic in Houston, Pasadena, or Pearland, Texas, online or over the phone today.
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) drops work by gradually boosting your immune system through exposing you to small amounts of known allergens. As opposed to allergy shots, allergy drops are designed to be taken at home.
All you have to do is allow the drops to absorb under the tongue for a minute or two before swallowing. Allergy drops are taken daily. Although not covered by insurance, they are safe, legal and effective. If you travel frequently or otherwise cannot come into the doctor’s office for shots, or if you really don’t like needles, allergy drops are a great option.
It takes time to build up your immune system and get your body used to the allergen. Most sublingual immunotherapy plans take 3-5 years to achieve optimal immunity and tolerance to the allergen.
Allergy drops can be formulated for all airborne allergens, including ragweed, tree and grass pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and mold.
Your dedicated allergist at The Allergy Clinic will administer your first few treatments to see how you respond to the allergens. You’ll only be exposed to tiny amounts each session, and your provider will carefully monitor you to ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions.
Then, your allergist will clear you to give yourself sublingual drops at home. Because allergic reactions are always possible, your allergist will counsel you on signs and symptoms of allergic reactions, so you’ll know exactly what to watch for and how to respond.
Your provider will teach you how to manage adverse reactions by using antihistamines or epinephrine injections. If you have an adverse reaction, it will likely be mild, such as a slight gastrointestinal upset or itching in your mouth. Your allergist can adjust your dosage to minimize side effects.
To find out if sublingual drops are right for you, schedule an evaluation with The Allergy Clinic online or call one of their convenient locations.