How To Take Your Allergy Drops or Sublingual Immunotherapy

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

One of the safest, most convenient and
effective ways to treat the cause of your allergies is with custom sublingual
immunotherapy, or allergy drops. Allergy drops can train your body to tolerate
the things that cause your allergic reactions. Based on your allergy tests,
medical history and exam, your provider will prescribe drops tailored to your
allergies and level of sensitivity that make up your unique allergy
fingerprint. With custom drops delivered to the area under your tongue, which has
the largest number of specialized tolerance building dendritic cells in
your body, allergens are introduced in a way that helps your body safely build
tolerance. You’ll receive treatment in a pump
dispenser that delivers a precise metered dose based on your unique
prescription. To take your first dose, remove the safety clip. Prime the pump by
firmly pressing down two to three times until a drop is released. Now your pump
is ready to use. To take your dose, hook the pump over your bottom teeth and
press firmly to release the full dose. Wait 20 to 30 seconds, the length of the
ABC song, and swallow. Research shows that taking a precise
dose three times a day every day provides better, faster and longer
lasting results that stimulate tolerance without creating symptoms. Most patients take doses during their morning routine, after school, work or mid-day and just
before bedtime. If you occasionally miss a dose during the day, take two before
bedtime. Food and inhalants drops can be taken at the same time. Ask your provider
for any specific dosing instructions including those for preseasonal or
multiple treatments. Your dispenser holds enough treatment to last 90 days. Before
increasing your dose strength, your provider may request a follow-up exam and tests.
Retraining your body’s allergy tolerance follows three phases. In phase one you
may begin to feel better. As symptoms decrease in phase two, your body takes
steps towards changing your allergen tolerance. If you’re tempted to stop treatment because you feel better, don’t. Continue
through all three phases so your body has the best chance to learn long-term
tolerance. This typically takes three to five years, but more complex allergies
such as food may take longer. Congratulations! You’re on your way to
taking control of your allergies with precision allergy treatment from Allergy
Associates of La Crosse.

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