If you live with seasonal allergies or food allergies, you know how much they can affect your quality of life. Symptoms can interfere with your everyday activities, including work, school, sleep, and time doing things you enjoy. And avoiding your allergens can cause you to miss out.
Various types of allergy treatment options can make life with allergies easier. These options include allergy shots and allergy drops. Although both of these treatments can help ease certain allergy symptoms, allergy drops — also known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) — offer a range of advantages that you don’t receive with allergy shots.
At MyAllergiesToday, allergy specialist Thomas Willim, PA-C, and our team are excited to offer our patients allergy drops to treat several types of allergies. Here, we invite you to learn about seven key advantages of allergy drops over allergy shots.
Allergy shots require years of twice-a-week appointments at your provider’s office. However, because you take your allergy drops at home, you don’t have to commit to countless hours spent on office visits. Think of all the time you can save with allergy drops!
Allergy drops work for approximately 90% of people, including children. In comparison, allergy shots are effective in only about 60% of people. Allergy drops can even be given to babies.
Allergy drop patients enjoy not having to get poked with needles. Instead of invasive injections, people who take allergy drops simply place a few drops of a specially formulated liquid under their tongue on a regular basis.
Nobody enjoys getting injections. Allergy drops don’t require painful needle jabs, which is especially helpful for children, teens, and patients who fear needles.
Allergy shots can take as long as one year to begin relieving your allergy symptoms. Allergy drops, on the other hand, can begin showing results far sooner. In fact, about half of allergy drop patients report noticing improvements within one month, and most patients start seeing results within 30-90 days.
With allergy shots, patients have a very small chance of experiencing a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. However, anaphylaxis due to allergy drops is exceedingly rare.
For most patients, allergy drops cost significantly less over time than allergy shots. The savings are even more significant when you add in the money you’d spend on gas driving to and from allergy shot appointments.
If you’d like to find out whether you’re a candidate for allergy drops, we invite you to schedule an evaluation by contacting one of our convenient locations in Gilbert, Chandler, or Queen Creek, Arizona. Feel free to call the office directly or use our online booking form.