When you’re bothered with a stuffy nose every spring or itchy eyes whenever you pet a cat, you already know allergies can disrupt your life. Sure, over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays offer some relief, but it’s temporary. Sometimes you have to take medication multiple times a day, and it still doesn’t fully get rid of your symptoms. But there is another solution, safe and effective sublingual immunotherapy.
How Does Sublingual Immunotherapy Work?
Allergy drops are a form of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy slowly exposes your immune system to increasing levels of allergens. Over time, the body becomes desensitized to the allergens and no longer responds when they appear in your environment. And when you no longer have an immune response, you no longer have to suffer from your allergy symptoms!
What Are The Types of Immunotherapy?
There are two types of immunotherapy, subcutaneous and sublingual.
Subcutaneous immunotherapy, or allergy shots, uses weekly injections to administer the allergens into your body. These allergy shots must be given by a trained allergy specialist in a doctor’s office. Each week, after the injection, patients must wait 30 minutes to ensure they don’t experience anaphylaxis, a rare but life-threatening allergic reaction.
Instead of injections, sublingual immunotherapy uses oral allergy drops or tablets. Patients place the drops or tablets under the tongue and hold the medication there for a brief period of time as it absorbs through the mouth.
Can You Take Sublingual Immunotherapy at Home?
Sublingual immunotherapy can be taken from the convenience of home and does not require weekly office visits or long waits. The whole process of starting sublingual immunotherapy can be done without leaving the house.
How to Start Sublingual Immunotherapy?
It starts with an at-home allergy test. This easy-to-do test kit is delivered to your door and requires only one finger prick and a few drops of blood. Once it’s completed, return the test to us in the provided envelope. One of our allergy doctors will reach out as soon as the results are in to discuss your results and a personalized treatment plan to get you living allergy-free.
If you qualify for sublingual immunotherapy, you can enroll in our allergy subscription service. Every three months, a new shipment arrives at your door! At Wyndly, our allergy specialists are available 24/7 to help whenever you need it, whether you have questions or concerns. You can reach them anytime via phone, text, video chat, or email.
Are Allergy Drops Safer than Allergy Shots?
When taken under the supervision of a board-certified physician, allergy drops are incredibly safe. In fact, they're probably safer than allergy shots.
Some research estimates the risk of anaphylaxis to be about one in 100 million or one in a billion, depending on the study. That means you're incredibly safe when you take allergy drops. While it is important to stay under the supervision of a board-certified physician, allergy drops are safe and effective.
Take Our Allergy Assessment
Are you ready to experience life free from allergy symptoms? Then it’s time to consider sublingual immunotherapy through Wyndly! Take our two-minute assessment today to see if sublingual immunotherapy is right for you and be one step closer to long-term allergy relief!