Many types of treatment are considered “alternative” by conventional medicine. Some of the treatments are quite effective in my experience, and I frequently use them. All allergy treatments involve the use of dilutions of substances patients are reacting to in an allergic fashion. This is the method used by all allergists whether conventional allergy shots are used or the newer technology of sublingual allergy drops. For the last one hundred years physicians have used dilutions of the very substances they suspected of causing the reaction to stop the reaction. Conventional allergists use dilutions of up to 1:100,000 parts. Ear, Nose and Throat Allergists use dilutions of up to 1:1,000,000 parts, as do Pan American Allergy Society physicians. I have found dilutions to be amazingly effective not only in diagnosing a wide variety of symptoms but also in quickly reversing these symptoms, whether by using conventional allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops.
Using sublingual drops is not new. Nor is it unusual. Allergy patients in many states are treated by this method. It is the only method used in Great Britain. And is widely used by a majority of physicians in France and Italy. The World Health Organization Committee on Allergy Immunotherapy in 1998 stated that allergy drops were a “viable alternative to… injections”. This report reached was finally reported in this country two years later. Allergen Immunotherapy; Guidelines, Update, and Recommendations of the World Health Organization. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, May-June 2000. Vol 21(3) 159-132. There are many more references in this article. Many physicians in this country have been using allergy drops over the last fifty years.
One of the leading proponents of the method is David L. Morris, M.D., of Allergy Associates of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has been using the method over thirty years and states that he and his associates have treated over 60,000 patients using this method. He teaches the method to other physicians at national meetings and offers a training course in the method at his facilities in Wisconsin several times a year. He offers a wealth of background information on his website atwww.allergychoices.com. I have attended Dr. Morris’s instruction and use the method in my practice in addition to conventional allergy shots. Several thousand of my patients are using allergy drops with great success. I became particularly interested in the method when I learned that Britain had decided to use the method of allergy drops exclusively, allowing no shots at all. I am a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. So is Dr. David Morris. I suspect there are only a few of us in this conservative organization who use allergy drops. I am also a member and Director of the Pan American Allergy Society. I would guess that a large majority of the members of this allergy group use allergy drops. I am a member of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. The vast majority of the members of this group use allergy drops. You can locate an allergist near you by going to the website of the Pan American Allergy Society atwww.paas.org. Look in the directory for a physician near you.
As part of a patient’s initial evaluation I try both shots and allergy drops. If the drops produce a reduction in symptoms, I may suggest that the patient consider desensitization with sublingual drops rather than the conventional allergy shots. I find that, in many cases, the results are almost as effective with drops as with shots. Children are much more willing to accept treatment with drops than with shots. Of course, this makes drops much more effective for them, if for no other reason than the fact that they WILL DO drops and often simply REFUSE to accept shots.
Almost all of my patients qualify for “at home” drops or shots because weak dilutions are used. All patients are carefully screened before self-administration and then instructed in doses and administration.
- SAFETY. Most of Europe, all of Britain, the World Health Organization and the experience of so many of us in this country probably isn’t wrong.
- COST. Allergy drops are less expensive than shots. You pay for the antigen bottles and do the drops at home. No co-pays, no office visit charges, no charges at all for the year the antigen drops are used. I cannot speak for all the other allergists who use drops, but I often am able to use the test results from another allergist to switch the patient from shots to drops with no additional test charges. Most insurance companies pay for the antigen. The annual cost of the drops is about $1000.00.
- EFFICIENCY. I think most allergists would agree that allergy shots would be more effective if the patients could get them more than once a week. However, for most patients even once a week is a significant burden. It is simply impossible to stop whatever they are doing, go to the allergist’s office, get the shot, then wait the required 30 minutes to be sure the patient doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the shot, then return to their work or home. That is a large part of someone’s day. With drops the patient can follow an optimal schedule, usually three times a week. There is no danger of a reaction with the drops. None have been reported in the millions of doses that have been given.
For more information about allergy drops contact me in Austin, Texas, at 1-800-693-6473.
* This treatment is not approved by the FDA