How do sublingual allergy drops work?

Male feeling the effects of seasonal allergiesPatients who deal with allergies on a routine basis know how much it can interfere with their daily lives. While some patients are satisfied with daily allergy medications, others are looking for a way to address the issue at the source. In situations like this, Dr. Payam Daneshrad may recommend the use of sublingual allergy drops as part of an allergen immunotherapy approach. 

What are sublingual allergy drops? 

Sublingual allergy drops are allergens that are placed underneath the tongue on a regular basis. The allergen that bothers a patient is administered regularly in small doses to help in making a patient less sensitive to the allergen. This, in turn, can reduce allergy symptoms and one’s dependence on allergy medications such as antihistamines. This allergen immunotherapy approach is a great way to address the problem instead of masking it with pharmaceuticals. 

The idea behind allergen immunotherapy is to help desensitize the immune system to the particular allergen. In doing so, the allergic response lessens, and patients will notice a reduction in symptoms over time such as sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. By using small amounts, the body starts to tolerate it, in a sense “curing” the body of the allergen with time. 

What type of allergies can be addressed with sublingual allergy drops? 

Below are just a few of the more common allergens that can be addressed with allergy drops, as approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): 

  • Dust mites
  • Certain grasses
  • Ragweed

What are the benefits of sublingual allergy drops? 

  • This method is best for those with allergic rhinitis
  • There are fewer side effects when compared to shots or medications
  • Patients can eliminate their allergic reactions for years
  • Patients will experience fewer severe reactions with treatment

Schedule a visit at Daneshrad Clinic to discuss sublingual allergy drops 

If you are thinking of allergen immunotherapy options and want to speak to a professional about sublingual allergy drops, connect with Dr. Payam Daneshrad, our board-certified orolaryngologist. Call (310) 453-6500 to schedule an appointment at either of his office locations in Santa Monica and Torrance, California. Individuals do not have to be existing patients to receive care from our providers, as we welcome new patients into our facility.

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