This treatment has been utilized for over 80 years and accounts for about 50% of allergy treatment in Europe. It is gaining popularity in the US due to increasing research showing the effectiveness of this treatment. Immunotherapy is the only treatment proven to alter the underlying allergic disease and not just alleviate symptoms.
Most patients report relief from as soon as 2 weeks to 2 months. It is safe for children, and can be effective in common conditions like hay fever, asthma and eczema. The drops can be formulated for environmental (inhaled allergens) as well as foods. Unlike allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy), the drops are taken daily in the comfort of your own home.
To get started, your doctor will recommend testing to help identify the severity of allergic type reactions and to monitor the progress of the treatment. You have the option of in-office skin testing for immediate type reactions, or finger stick testing for delayed type reactions. Your physician can help decide which form of testing is appropriate.