Allergy drops are used by ENT specialists as a method of treating allergies by placing drops underneath the tongue. Very similar to allergy shots, allergy drops work by administering a series of physician-dosed antigens under the tongue of a patient suffering from allergies. These drops are designed to help the patient’s body build up a tolerance to the specific allergen over time. Many commonly recurring ear, nose, and throat conditions are caused by allergies but are oftentimes misdiagnosed. When you visit your ENT doctor, he or she will carefully review your medical history and current symptoms, as well as your family history. If it is suspected that a patient is suffering from a specific allergy, routine skin testing is also generally used to diagnose the allergy symptoms. This will allow your ENT doctor to provide an effective form of treatment, such as allergy drops.
|What Are Allergy Drops?
||Allergy drops can be administered at home by the individual himself, which is one of the ways they differ from allergy shots. Allergy drops are an ideal treatment for individuals who have extreme allergies, have bad asthma, or cannot tolerate allergy shots. Allergy drops are a safe and effective alternative to conventional allergy shots. If you have any questions regarding allergy shots or would like to see if you are a good candidate for them, please do not hesitate to contact our ENT specialists in Arlington, Dallas or Fort Worth.
|How They Work
||Allergy drops are placed under the tongue and should be taken daily. The dosage is typically increased over a three-month period in order to reach full strength. The majority of individuals who use allergy drops experience a significant reduction in symptoms within one year. However, it is recommended that the treatment be continued for three years in order to obtain maximum benefit.
||The side effects of allergy drops are typically mild or nonexistent. Some side effects may include irritation under the tongue, which requires no treatment. No serious side effects such as anaphylaxis have every been reported.
It is recommended that patients who are taking allergy drops make an appointment for a visit with their ENT doctor every three to six months during the treatment. As always, please feel free to contact our clinic located in three convenient locations in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth, if you have any questions about allergy drops.