Hate Ragweed Season But Don’t Want Allergy Shots? AllergyEasy’s Oral Drops To The Rescue
Ragweed causes 75 percent of allergies and is blooming longer than it has in recent years. For those who feel its effects but don't want the hassle of allergy shots
Phoenix, Arizona (PRUnderground) August 18th, 2015
Ragweed pollens cause about 75 percent of hay fever cases in the U.S., and while ragweed season used to run from August to September, it has been reaching into October in recent years, extending allergic misery. Allergy shots can help people weather the season, but they are painful and time consuming. (Think multiple visits to the doctor per week for shots!) That’s where AllergyEasy drops come in. Physicians around the country are prescribing the daily, under-the-tongue drops to patients who want the advantages of allergy immunotherapy without the hassle of injections.
Like shots, AllergyEasy drops help desensitize the body to allergens in the environment (including ragweed) so it will stop overreacting to them. This desensitization process, known as allergen immunotherapy, treats the underlying source of the allergy. For this reason, it is often preferable to antihistamines and other pills that only treat the symptoms of allergy.
While shots used to be the treatment of choice for allergy immunotherapy, under-the-tongue drops (known as sublingual immunotherapy) were developed as an alternative in the mid-1980s and are rapidly growing in popularity. After being dispensed under the tongue, the drops absorb into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth.
Stuart Agren, MD, director of the Phoenix-based AllergyEasy company, said that the benefits of the daily drops are clear.
“They’re at least as effective as shots and much easier for patients to comply with,” said Dr. Agren. “Patients can keep them in their medicine cabinet and take them during their morning or evening routine. In our time-strapped society, it’s so much easier than driving to the doctor’s office.”
But the advantages don’t stop there. While shots are not generally safe for children under 7, research shows that sublingual drops are safe for children under 5, allowing physicians to bring the advantages of immunotherapy to younger children.
The drops can also treat a wider array of allergies. While most shot programs safeguard against a limited number of local allergens, Dr. Agren said that sublingual administration allows him to safely include dozens of allergens in the “comprehensive mix” that patients take under their tongue.
“We’re able to include most major allergens from around the country in our ‘mix,’ so patients are protected from new pollens that may come into their area,” said Dr. Agren.
Pollens from ragweed are especially prevalent in the Midwest and East but are carried on the winds to virtually every corner of the country. Ragweed is a flowering plant with 17 different species in the U.S. In many parts of the country, ragweed season has extended by 10-20 days in the past couple decades, a phenomenon commonly attributed to climate change.
AllergyEasy helps allergy doctors around the country provide sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) to their patients who suffer with allergies to pollen and food allergies (including dairy allergy, wheat allergy, nut allergy, fruit allergy and more.) AllergyEasy can connect patients to a doctor in their area who offers sublingual allergy treatment.
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