An allergic reaction is just the immunity system going to into “high alert” over something that isn’t an emergency. Under ordinary circumstances, symptoms like sneezing, swelling, hives or watery eyes are all immunity system responses to an injury or possible contaminant. Swelling, for example, normally occurs after a muscle injury, as the body responds by sending more white blood cells and other “repair systems” to the affected area.
With an allergy, the immune system is responding to a specific substance, known as an allergen that is generally not dangerous or toxic to most people. Your body, however, has decided that this substance is toxic, and responds appropriately. This may be dairy products in food or pet dander from cats and dogs.
Allergic reactions, once they set in, are lifelong, like Asthma or diabetes. There is no cure for an allergic reaction, but there are ways to manage the symptoms. One of the easiest is through medications, such as anti-histamines, though this does not prevent or cure allergic reactions, merely suppresses them in the same cold medicine doesn’t actually fight the cold itself.
Another more effective way to manage allergies is through certain types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapies work along the same principle as vaccines, introducing small, precisely calculated dosages of an allergen, to help the body to develop a tolerance to the allergen. In some cases, this can drastically reduce or even eliminate allergy symptoms. One form of immunotherapy is through a course of injections. Another is to administer allergy drops.
Suitability For Allergy Drops
Allergy drops, as the name implies, is an easy way to receive treatment, since it comes either in liquid or tablet form. However, not every allergy is suitable for allergy drops. By law, the Food & Drug Administration has cleared patients most suited for this type of treatment if they are allergic to:
- 1 of 5 species of grass
- Timothy grass
- Dust mites
Anything else, such as food allergies, or other types of pollen should seek other types of allergy management treatment.
How Allergy Drops Work
Once the allergen has been identified, a tablet or drop is custom formulated for your needs. The first time you take the allergy drop will be under medical supervision. If, after 30 minutes, you show no signs of having a severe allergic reaction to the drop, you are permitted to take the remaining dosage and administer them yourself as needed.
Allergy drops are taken every 3-7 days for a duration that depends on your situation. If you have an allergy-related to seasonal plants, you should take the drops 3-4 months before the season begins, and continue until your allergy season comes to an end. If, on the other hand, your allergy is year-round, such as in the case of dust mites, you’ll take them throughout the year, for three or so years. After you stop taking them, for an extended period, you may still be “immunized” to your allergy for an additional three years.
Allergy drops do not work right away. It usually takes a few months before the symptom reductions take effect, but the maximum benefit can take up to a year to build up in your body. If you’re interested in allergy drops for your allergy management, talk to a medical specialist today to discuss the treatment.