Allergy Drops, or Sublingual Immunotherapy, is a method of providing allergy desensitization treatment to patients without the need for painful and inconvenient shots. Sublingual drops are administered on your own at home, on a daily basis under the tongue. The drops contain high controlled dosages of allergy-provoking proteins (formulated to your own sensitivities) that provoke an immunity to these allergens in the future.
Sublingual immunotherapy has recently gotten FDA approval (for the treatment of Grass and Ragweed pollens), and we are hopeful that combination immunotherapy protocols are soon to follow.
Most patients find the convenience of allergy drops is far superior to allergy shots (some 60% of patients on allergy shots wind up quitting early before clinical effect, mostly due to the inconvenience of frequent office visits).
The safety level of allergy drops is also superior to allergy shots, due to the less rapid uptake orally and the fact that doses are administered daily in small quantity rather than less frequently in larger quantities.