Finally…an all-natural allergy treatment that does not require medication or needles. Instead, simple drops under the tongue introduce allergens to the immune system in a very dilute solution. Over time, the allergen concentration is slowly increased in the drops, allowing for retraining of the immune system. This is called sublingual immunotherapy or “SLIT”. The drops contain all natural allergens that are commonly known to trigger a reaction in the immune system.
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.
Personal story from Dr. Lussier: “My daughter was diagnosed with eczema at 4 months of age. At that time I knew very little about how much it can affect a child and family. My daughter was so itchy and uncomfortable that she would often lose sleep and have behavioral problems as a result. After 4 long years of seeking treatment from colleagues and allergists, implementing a strict diet and having to resort to medications with side effects, I felt there had to be a better way. That frustration led me to Dr. Agren, the founder of Allergy Easy®. I was skeptical of these “allergy drops” as a former scientist, doctor and mother, but I was hopeful due to the increasing scientific support. We started the drops about 1 year ago and within 3 months her eczema started to improve. It was like a miracle. Since that time we have continued to see improvement. We now can be more relaxed on her diet without the consequences. The Allergy Easy drops made such a difference in my family that we started offering it at Desert Wellness Center. Finally, I feel like I have the answer for treating allergies!”