Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of environmental allergies forever? Well, we have that ability now with allergy shots. Allergy shots work by giving a very small amount of the allergens you test positive to in increasing doses until your body becomes immune to them. Allergy shots have been around for over 100 years and research proves they work in about 85-90% of individuals. I myself underwent allergy shots when I was about 12 years old.
For those of you that fear needles, relief may be near. Recent data shows that allergy drops also work. The data now indicates that it is not as efficacious as the shots. The benefits of the drops are that the first does can be done in clinic and then the rest at home. Since this is a newer area of research insurance does not cover this treatment and it ends up costing roughly 3-4 dollars per day. If you have allergies to only ragweed or only grass pollen companies last year made extract tablets of these that can be used in a similar manner and some insurances are covering these. If you want to discuss these further please contact us via our website or at your next appointment.