I am allergic to cats and dogs. If I take the allergy drops can I own a pet?
The answer is yes, but…It is, of course, environmentally best to not have a pet in your home if you are allergic. However, many of my patients love their pets, and we help build up their immunity to their dander with allergy drops. The allergy drops enable someone with cat or dog allergy to be less symptomatic and require less medicine when living with their pet.
How do the allergy drops taste? Do I have to keep them in the refrigerator?
Most of the patients say that the allergy drops have a slightly sweet taste; this is because it contains glycerin. The allergy drops do not need to be refrigerated, but we do not recommend they be kept in a warm temperature such as a car in warmer months.
How often do I take the allergy drops? And for how long?
The allergy drops should be used daily. You can miss a few days without a problem, but if you miss more than a week or two you must contact our office to see if your dose has to be decreased. The allergy drops are taken for a year, if we see improvement, then we continue into the maintenance phase (the highest doses) for another two years to get long-lasting protection.
Why aren’t more doctors offering allergy drops instead of shots?
This is a complicated question. I have been prescribing the drops for over 10 years. I mention in my book, Dr. Dean Mitchell’s Allergy and Asthma Solution, that I have taken special training to learn this technique, long before it was widely available. Now courses are being offered by major medical societies to teach doctors the sublingual method, and this will surely see more doctors offering this method.
Do I get the allergy drops by a prescription from a pharmacy?
No, the allergy drops are considered a biological vaccine. We prepare the allergy drops in our office specifically tailored to your allergens-it is not a drug that has to be processed by the liver or kidney. It works through your immune system to build up protective antibodies.
Will I get an allergic reaction from taking the allergy drops?
This is unlikely. The special way of taking the allergy drops under the tongue, is that the sublingual area of the mouth has few or no cells which release histamine. It is very rare for someone to have a reaction. It is possible though, and we ask patients to notify us if they experience any itching in the mouth, a rash or trouble breathing.
Can I be treated for a food allergy with the allergy drops?
Not yet. Researchers are working diligently to try to make a safe oral immunotherapy, but it is not widely accepted or available at this time. Our office does offer the newest food allergy testing (ISAC) to determine if you have a dangerous food allergy.
Is there testing for chemical and mold allergy? Is there treatment?
We do offer special testing for chemical allergies that can cause skin rashes common in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos and possibly related to work. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for these type of allergies – just avoidance and safety precautions. For mold allergy, we have testing and treatment for certain molds with the drops.
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