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MESA, AZ, December 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Allergies can put a damper on the holidays, but a no-pain, no-hassle alternative to allergy shots is now available through AllergyEasy sublingual immunotherapy drops. The drops are dispensed under the tongue where they can absorb into the bloodstream through cells in the mouth. Like shots, the drops can desensitize the body to allergens that are kicking up holiday misery.
AllergyEasy drops are a form of sublingual immunotherapy, which is the only treatment that has been shown to affect the underlying allergic immune response-not just its symptoms. Immunotherapy is available through shots or sublingual (under-the-tongue) drops. While many studies show the treatments to be equally effective, drops offer the advantage of being safer than shots, allowing for convenient home administration. (Shots have to be taken under direct medical supervision due to a heightened risk of anaphylactic reaction.)
The drops contain traces of the most common allergen extracts and can protect against hundreds of allergens-including those that flare around the holidays. While most pollens have died down by winter, a number of other allergens abound during the holiday season. Since people tend to stay indoors more to avoid the cold weather, they have increased exposure to dust mites. Dust can also accumulate on decorations such as the Christmas tree and garlands. As soon as those items come down from the attic, people may feel their allergies revving up. Real trees aren't immune from allergies either. They are often covered in pollen from the forest that can incite allergies.
Holiday candles may further contribute to allergies. The scents are often manufactured from mixes of hundreds of chemicals, some of which may cause allergic reactions. Food allergies come into play, too. Many favorite holiday foods are rife with allergy-causing ingredients such as nuts, shellfish, milk, and eggs.
According to Stuart Agren, M.D. who developed AllergyEasy drops, short-lived allergy symptoms may be treatable with pills or inhalers, but longer bouts could indicate a need for immunotherapy.
"As a general rule, if a patient's allergy symptoms occur over more than a few months of the year, or if they are so severe at any point that they are cutting into quality of life, the patient may be a candidate for immunotherapy allergy treatment," said Dr. Agren.
Agren said that the challenge of treating allergies without immunotherapy is that the symptoms will keep returning.
"Antihistamines and decongestants can help take the edge off of symptoms, but as soon as a patient stops taking them, their symptoms return," said Agren. "Immunotherapy actually changes the immune system response, so the body stops reacting to allergens for the long term."
Physicians around the country can prescribe AllergyEasy sublingual immunotherapy drops following allergy testing. The drops can treat for allergies to pollen, dust, mold, many food items, and dog and cat allergies. For more information visit AllergyEasy.com or call 1-877-2-SNEEZE (1-877-276-3393).
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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