Allergy drops are a safe, effective alternative to allergy shots if you simply don’t have time to make regular trips to your doctor’s office. Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Southlake and Fort Worth, Texas, uses these drops under the tongue to build your tolerance to certain allergens. If you think allergy drops may be the right treatment for you, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates or schedule an appointment online.
Allergy drops, or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), are tablets that you put under your tongue to increase your tolerance to certain allergens and reduce your allergy symptoms. They’re a safe alternative to allergy injections, which must be administered by your doctor.
Most people can administer allergy drops on their own at home, so they’re considered a more convenient option for busy patients.
SLIT is a form of immunotherapy that repeatedly exposes you to an allergen to boost your tolerance to it. Over time, allergy drops make you less sensitive to the allergen.
Unlike antihistamines, which reduce your allergy symptoms, SLIT actually treats the allergy.
Allergy drops can help treat the following types of allergies:
In some cases, allergy drops have been shown to reduce the symptoms of allergic asthma.
Once the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates team has completed your allergy testing to determine what you’re allergic to, your doctor will place an allergy drop (tablet) underneath your tongue. Once it’s dissolved, you should wait at least one minute before swallowing and five minutes before eating or drinking.
During your first visit, the team will monitor you for approximately 30 minutes to make sure you don’t have a reaction to the drop. You’ll take the rest of the drops home with you, so you can administer them yourself at your own convenience.
The Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates team will provide you with instructions on how often to take your allergy drops before you leave your first appointment. Most allergy drops must be taken every three to seven days for at least three years.
For seasonal allergies, begin taking your allergy drops regularly about three to four months before allergy season starts to prepare your immune system.
Most people notice an improvement in their allergy symptoms within the first few months of taking them.
Allergy drops are an excellent option if you respond well to the allergy shot but don’t have time to visit Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates regularly. To schedule an appointment with the team, call or book a visit online today.