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Allergy Drops vs. Allergy Shots

Allergy Drops (Slit) vs. Allergy Shots(Scit)

Both Allergy shots and drops (Allergen Immunotherapy) have proven to be extremely effective. As opposed to medication which treats symptoms only, Allergen Immunotherapy targets the actual allergic disease state itself ……offering the best possibility for cure. These treatments are typically reserved for allergy sufferers whose symptoms are not controlled with environmental control and/or medication.

Allergen Immunotherapy work similar to a vaccine. Your body responds to small amounts of a particular allergen, given in gradually increasing doses, by developing immunity or tolerance to the allergen.

Allergy injections are administered in the our office once to twice a week for three to six months; then  twice a month for years at a time. Drops are self-administered once daily under the tongue at home, most often for three to five years total.

How long?

Allergy shots can start working within three to six months and definitely within 12 months, depending on how frequently you receive shots. Some studies show that drops start working within eight weeks of therapy, while other studies show that it may take one to two years to receive benefits from therapy.

How safe?

Allergy shots are safe but need to be given under Medical  supervision. Patients receiving allergy shots then need to be monitored for 15 to 20 minutes, given the small chance of a serious allergic reaction occurring.

Allergy drops are extremely safe – no fatal reactions have ever been reported, although severe reactions have rarely occurred. Allergy drops can be self-administered at home without direct medical supervision.

Which works better?

Studies suggest that allergy shots are slightly more effective as drops. There have been no long term

How much?

Most medical insurance covers a significant portion of allergy shots, although co-payments and annual deductibles also apply. Since allergy drops are not FDA-approved, they are not covered by insurance. The cost of allergy drops, however, may be offset by what you save by not spending time and travel costs to visit your physician’s office to get your allergy shots.

Ultimately, you and Dr. Mardiney will decide together which therapy is right for you and your specific needs.

Don’t suffer with allergies or asthma any longer. Call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Centers at 443-987-6998 in Bel Air or 443-519-2128 in Lutherville and Towson. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We also welcome patients from Baltimore and Carney.