Allergy Treatment Options
There are three options for battling allergies
This is always the first course of action...avoid things that make you allergic. This approach is not always practical or desirable. For instance, you may be able to remove offending plants from your home but pollen can travel up to 50 miles, so you are always vulnerable to trees, flowers and weeds from your neighborhood and city. Animals that cause allergies may be taken away but their dander can remain in a home for up to six months; if you visit a home with pets, their hair stays when they're not present. Additionally, even thorough efforts to clear your home of allergens can fall short against relentless household dust, cockroaches or hidden mold. Therefore, avoidance is a major challenge and it can significantly impact your quality of life (especially if you like the animals, trees and flowers that cause your allergies).
Immunotherapy is a natural allergy remedy. It's a process that desensitizes your body to allergens by introducing them to your body, via serum, in small doses. As treatment progresses, the amount of these allergens (also known as antigens) in the serum increases so your immune system learns to tolerate and then ignore them, making you a much happier person during allergy season!
There are two types of immunotherapy: shots and sublingual (under the tongue) drops. Both are effective.
The goal of virtually all prescription and over-the-counter allergy medications is to stop allergy symptoms temporarily. They do nothing to relieve the CAUSE of your allergies, which is why your misery returns every time you encounter allergens your body doesn't like.
Benefits of Allergy Drops
- Natural and extremely safe with rare, mild side effects
- Noticeable relief within just two months of starting treatment; many patients improve in as little as a few weeks
- Painless -- no shots or needles
- Eliminate the need for excess trips to the doctor's office, thus saving lots of time and money
- Effective for everyone from young children to seniors
- Long-lasting results -- possibly for your entire life
Compare sublingual drops with allergy shots and prescription medications.
1.Supplies typically last 12 weeks but you may finish the bottle early, depending on drop size. Cost of drops is estimated; your cost may be different.
2.Based on $20 co-pay for primary care physician vs. $50 co-pay for specialist.
3.Based on 1.5 visits per week.
4.Based on estimated cost of prescription medications for allergies and asthma. Copayments and costs vary. Check with your insurance company for specific information about your plan.
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