What Are Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy works by exposing the immune system to small doses of what you are allergic to. By doing this, over time, your immune system becomes desensitized to the allergens that cause your allergic reactions. For allergy shots, the way your body is exposed to the things you are allergic to is through using needles to inject these trace amounts of allergens into your body to let your immune system relearn how to react to them. Since allergy shots have a risk of causing severe allergic reactions, like anaphylaxis, they must be taken at a doctor’s office.
Understanding Sublingual Immunotherapy
Unlike allergy shots that require frequent injections, sublingual immunotherapy is a form of immunotherapy that can be taken under the tongue. Sublingual immunotherapy comes in two forms: allergy tablets and allergy drops. Both forms of sublingual immunotherapy are just as effective as allergy shots but can be taken from the comfort of your home since they have a decreased risk of causing severe reactions. Allergy drops are a popular choice because unlike allergy tablets which can only treat one allergy at a time, allergy drops can treat many allergies at once!
Allergy Shots vs. Drops
What's the difference between the effectiveness of allergy shots and allergy drops. So it turns out across a number of published clinical studies and systematic reviews, both allergy shots and allergy drops are effective for decreasing patients' allergy symptoms, and for decreasing the amount of medications you need to use.
Find the Best Treatment Option for You
So it actually turns out that the most important. Is figuring out what is best for your life. For some patients, they want to make sure that they have insurance coverage. In which case allergy shots are best for them. But some patients prefer the convenience and safety of taking drops at home. In that case, allergy drops might be best for them.
Choose an Allergist You Trust
Ultimately what's most important is making sure you start with an allergist that you have a good relationship with and trust. And the second thing is that you make sure you finish the therapy. If you do that, almost all patients will notice a significant improvement in their allergy symptoms and a decrease in the number of medications they need to use, regardless of whether they choose allergy shots or allergy drops.
Get Lifelong Allergy Relief
Ready to try sublingual immunotherapy? Get started with Wyndly today by getting a personalized treatment plan from one of our allergy doctors. By using your unique profile and allergy history, our doctors will help you find the best treatment plan to help you beat your allergies.
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