If you suffer from allergies, you have plenty of company: Allergies affect approximately 50 million Americans. In fact, allergies are so common that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America points to them as the sixth top cause of chronic illness in the United States.
Although people can develop allergies to almost anything, the most common allergens include pollen, animal dander, dust, foods, mold, insect stings, and medications.
Exposure to allergens can trigger reactions ranging from irritating — nasal congestion, hives, and itchy eyes, for example — to life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Allergies may also play a role in eye conditions such as dry eyes, as well as less obvious symptoms such as eczema, headaches, or fatigue.
Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with troublesome allergy symptoms. The eye care specialists at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, take allergies seriously. In conjunction with our allergy specialist, Thomas Willim, PA, we provide our patients with a full range of allergy testing and treatment services.
You have options when it comes to allergy treatments. Here, we describe the noninvasive treatments that can help relieve your allergy symptoms.
Allergy treatment begins with allergy testing to determine what allergens trigger your reactions. MyAllergiesToday.com, our allergy, asthma, and eczema clinic, provides accurate allergy testing that identifies your personal allergens.
Our providers perform allergy testing using noninvasive allergy scratch tests. These needle-free tests expose you to trace amounts of various types of allergens via minor scratches on your skin. How you react to these allergens gives your provider important information about your allergies.
Allergy sufferers have a range of treatment options. Perhaps you’ve tried allergy pills, antihistamine allergy eye drops, or allergy shots. Although these can offer some relief, they may not meet all of your needs.
For example, over-the-counter allergy pills may deliver incomplete relief, and some may cause side-effects such as daytime sleepiness. Although allergy shots do help some people, this treatment option is invasive and can require many trips to a care provider.
As an alternative to shots and pills, our providers are pleased to offer patients an advanced, noninvasive allergy treatment known as sublingual immune therapy (SLIT), also called allergy drops.
Treatment with allergy drops can result in 10-15 years or more relief from symptoms due to airborne allergens. Compared with allergy shots, which work in about 60% of patients, allergy drops provide relief to 90% of patients.
Here’s how allergy drops work: On a regular basis over the course of about 3-5 years, you place a few drops of a specially formulated liquid under your tongue. These drops contain very tiny amounts of relevant allergens.
The tiny blood vessels beneath your tongue absorb the drops and transport their ingredients to cells that play a role in immune reaction. Over time, exposure to these allergens builds your tolerance to them and helps reduce or eliminate your symptoms.
Don’t put up with allergy symptoms that are bothering your eyes any longer. Contact us today to schedule an allergy evaluation. Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona. Call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online.