Allergy Shots versus Allergy Drops

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NOTE: Treatment will be provided ONLY with an office visit. We also do not treat patients with severe asthma. We are an ENT allergy practice and as such, deal only with problems above the shoulders which excludes the lungs and asthma.

 
Allergy Shots
Allergy Drops
Method of Administration Shot in the Arm(s) A Drop Under the Tongue
Insurance Coverage Yes NO
Risk of Anaphylaxis Small None Reported
Adverse Reactions Multiple (Swelling, Itching, Hayfever, etc.) Nausea, Itching/Swelling/Tingling in the Mouth
Physician Visit Required? Weekly for Years Every 6-12 Months
Allergy Testing Required Yes (every 2-3 years as needed) Yes (every 2-3 years as needed)
Insurance Coverage for Allergy Testing Yes for Most Insurances Yes for Most Insurances
Contraindications? On beta-blocker medication, history of anaphylaxis, young children, asthmatics in our practice, pregnancy Less than 3 years of age, asthmatics in our practice, on beta-blocker medication, pregnancy
Duration of Treatment 3-5+ years 3-5+ years
Treatment Frequency Every 1 to 4 weeks Daily (one drop 3 times a day)
Treatment Location Physician Office on Build-Up; Home on Maintenance Home
FDA Approved? Yes Off-Label (Currently Pending)
Effective? Yes Yes
Cost Per Insurance Carrier Out-of-Pocket (Click here for current cost)

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