Many people ask about allergy drops. “What’s the difference between allergy drops and allergy shots?” is one of the most common questions we hear. Allergy shots and drops work along similar lines but have some important differences, not the least of which is the fact that allergy drops have not yet been approved in the United States.
This does not mean that allergy drops are not safe. It simply means that it’s much harder to come by and allergy drops will not be covered by an insurance provider—so, you’ll likely have to pay for out of pocket to for allergy drops.
Despite the fact that allergy drops are used outside of the US quite commonly, it has not been approved for use in the US largely because there are limiting factors and unanswered questions regarding its use. Most notably, doctors have yet to establish effective doses. This means that patients are paying for a treatment where the effective dose to use has not been determined by investigational studies, which can make it very expensive.
Allergy shots, on the other hand, are a long-standing, clinically proven, and FDA approved method for the treatment of a number of different allergies.
The immunotherapy process involves injecting increasing amounts of an allergen such as grass, cat or dust mite under the skin to build up a tolerance to your particular allergen and to reduce annoying symptoms. When it comes reducing and often eliminating allergy and allergic asthma symptoms, allergy shots are highly effective.
Furthermore, allergy shots are a cost-effective method of treating allergies and are typically covered by most insurance providers. Allergy shots have also been shown to be beneficial in improving allergic asthma and may even prevent asthma.
If you have questions regarding immunotherapy for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Allergies can make life miserable, but immunotherapy can make a huge difference in your quality of life.