Allergy Drops: A Simpler, Safer Alternative to Allergy Shots

Allergy medications like antihistamines and steroids can treat the symptoms of allergy but only allergy immunotherapy has been proven to alter the underlying allergic disease. It used to be that if you wanted to get to the root of your allergy problem through immunotherapy, the only option was allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy). Aside from being painful, though, allergy shots can be time consuming, because they must be given at the doctor’s office (usually twice a week).

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An alternative to shots is sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT. SLIT works much like allergy shots except that it is dosed under the tongue where it absorbs into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth (known as mast cells). Because the drops have a more favorable safety profile than shots, they can be taken at home instead of at the doctor’s office. The drops have also been shown to be safer for children under 5. (Shots are not usually recommended for children younger than 7.)

Another perk of sublingual immunotherapy is that it can be used for food allergy treatment. Studies at Duke University recently showed SLIT to be effective in reducing children’s peanut allergies.

Contact AllergyEasy to learn more about sublingual immunotherapy.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.