From Experience Life
Going Beyond a Box of Pills
Allergy sufferers drive a lot of revenue for pharmaceutical companies. The antihistamine category alone includes some 40 different brands and rakes in $5 billion in U.S. sales each year. People with allergies can also partake of intranasal corticosteroids, leukotrine inhibitors, intranasal decongestants, oral decongestants, intranasal anticholergics and mast-cell stabilizers. Although some of these medications might do a good job of controlling symptoms, they often provoke moderate to serious side effects. And they don’t actually attend to the root causes of allergies. Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives worth exploring:
Alternative # 1: Immunotherapy
When you’re sick of treating symptoms, go for the cure.
How it works:
Put drops of allergen extracts under your tongue three times a day, for three to five years. You may experience initial results within months, and, over time, your body becomes tolerant of the allergen. The treatment is also available as a doctor-administered injection.
Allergic rhinitis and asthma. Some doctors are using the under-the-tongue method to treat food allergies, as well.
Does it work?
Numerous studies have shown injection-based immunotherapy — around for more than 100 years — to be an effective treatment for allergies. Physicians began using the drops method about 30 years ago. Various studies have confirmed its effectiveness, but not to the same indisputable degree as injection-based immunotherapy. A couple of important notes: Many people never finish immunotherapy because the treatment takes so many years to complete. Insurance usually covers office visits and testing; the drops, while not expensive, are generally not covered by insurance.