WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ALLERGY DROPS?
Effective – They are an effective way of decreasing your allergy responses by desensitizing you to the things you are allergic to.
Safety – Allergy drops are unparalleled in their safety profile. Most patients take these drops without any side effects. A few may experience mild reactions which can include itching in the mouth or lips. Systemic reactions have been reported, but these are exceedingly rare. There has never been a serious life-threatening or fatal reaction reported despite millions of doses administered.
Convenience – Drops can be taken whenever and wherever it is convenient for you. You don’t have to arrange your schedule around an office visit to get an injection. You don’t have to mess with insurance paperwork.
|Allergy Shots||Allergy Drops|
|Method of administration||Shot in the arm(s)||Drops under the tongue (painless)|
|Duration of treatment||Three to five years||Usually three years|
|Treatment location||Doctor’s office||Home|
|FDA approved||Serum-Yes, Method-Yes||Serum-Yes, Method-Pending|
|Allergy testing||Required, usually covered by insurance||Required, usually covered by insurance|
|Contraindications||Beta-blockers, history of anaphylaxis, young children, significant asthma||Severe asthma|
|Adverse reactions||Many: swelling, itching, asthma exacerbation, pain at injection site.||Itching/tingling in mouth/lips. Very rare nausea, cramping.|
|Risk of anaphylaxis||Small||Extremely rare, no severe life-threatening reactions or fatalities ever reported.|
|Insurance coverage||Usually, though high deductible makes this expensive even with insurance.||No, however total cost is often less.|
|Cost||Allergy consultation. Possible weekly copay. Insurance copays for allergy serum. With high deductible plans cost can reach $3,000 or more.||As little as $60 per month. No hidden costs. FREE SHIPPING.|
|Time||Driving to and from the doctor’s office each week and a required 30 minute wait time in the office. Missed school/work.||Drops are held under the tongue for two minutes each day.|
|Cost example with $20 weekly copay (does not include copay for serum).||$20 copay x 52 weeks = $1,040||1 year of Allergy Drops = $499|