Would you like to treat the cause of allergies, not just the symptoms? Your child may be identified as a candidate for allergy drops, also known as sublingual immunotherapy. Allergy drops work like allergy shots, slowly desensitizing the body to its allergies, but they’re delivered under the tongue in a drop form that can be taken safely at home. Allergy drops can effectively treat a broad range of allergies, including pollens, dander and other environmental allergies as well as foods, mold and chemical sensitivities.
Step One: Evaluation and Testing
Based on your child’s exam and allergy history, we will order a series of blood tests to identify which allergens are affecting her. Results of the tests will be available for your return visit in two-three weeks, at which time we will review your child’s treatment plan.
Step Two: Treatment Plan
Based on your child’s history, physical exam and test results, a treatment plan will be developed for him that includes prescribing custom-formulated allergy drops. We might also recommend environmental changes and medication for symptom relief, however most patients who take allergy drops find that their need for medication decreases soon after allergy drop therapy begins.
Step Three: Receive Your Allergy Drops
Within two weeks your child’s allergy drops will be shipped directly to you, from the reputable allergy choices.
Step Four: Time and Consistency
Now it’s up to you. Take the drops every day as instructed. Some patients feel symptom relief in just a few weeks, but some may need more time to notice a difference. The key to successful allergy drop therapy is consistency – taking the drops every day as instructed – to keep your child’s immune system stimulated and provide the most benefit. As you notice improvement, keep taking the drops. We will monitor your progress and adjust your dosage occasionally as your child becomes more desensitized. Even though you may not be experiencing symptoms, it’s important that your child completes the entire course of treatment to ensure that she receives all the long-term benefits of her treatment. Most patients find their treatment takes 3-5 years until complete.
Step 5: Return Visits
In three months, we will want to see your child for a follow-up so we can check on his progress. We may want to retest him to see whether he is ready to have his dose adjusted to a higher strength. We will ask that he returns again in approximately six months after that, depending upon the severity of his allergies. You can call us to reorder drops during that time and Allergy Choices will mail them directly to you at home.
You can learn more about sublingual drops from the following informational video.
We look forward to assisting your child with allergy symptom relief, but more importantly, improved immune function.