AllergyEasy Drops Offer Relief For Children Too Young For Allergy Shots

2015-10-21 13:35:49 (GMT) ( - Health News Press Release News)

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Layton, Utah, US, 10/19/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/

It’s tough to have allergies as a kid.  Not only must children live with miserable symptoms, most doctors won’t prescribe allergy shots until age 7 or 8 due to the risk for anaphylaxis, leaving kids to muddle through with a patchwork of pills, inhalers, and other medications designed to treat the symptoms alone—not the underlying allergy.  But thanks to AllergyEasy, there’s a better option: sublingual allergy drops.

The drops are a form of allergy immunotherapy—the only treatment known to change the underlying allergic disease.  They work the same way shots do, exposing the body to extracts of common allergens until the body becomes desensitized to them.  Instead of being injected, though, the extracts are dispensed under the tongue where they absorb into the bloodstream through specialized cells in the lining of the mouth.

The drops do not pose the same risk of anaphylactic reaction that shots do so they are safe enough to be taken by younger children as well as to be taken in the comfort of home.  That saves parents time in shuttling kids back and forth to the doctor’s office as they would have to do once their children are old enough to be considered for allergy shots.

Dr. Stuart Agren is the medical director of AllergyEasy and started prescribing allergy drops to kids in his private medical practice nearly 30 years ago.

“I’ll never forget a two-year-old patient nicknamed ‘Slimy,’”recalled Dr. Agren.  “His nose was constantly running. He had chronic ear infections and dark circles around his eyes known in the medical community as ‘allergic shiners.’”

While Slimy was clearly in need of allergy immunotherapy, he was not old enough for shots.  His parents had tried a long list of medications, but they had side effects and weren’t fully effective.  After several weeks on the sublingual drops, however, Slimy’s nickname didn’t fit him anymore.

“It was really exciting for his parents,”said Dr. Agren.  “For the first time, he was actually healthy.”

AllergyEasy drops are prescribed by physicians around the country for environmental allergies including pollen, dust, mold and pet dander.  They can also be used to treat food allergies—something allergy shots cannot safely accomplish.  According to Dr. Agren, that’s happy news for a growing number of young food allergy sufferers.

“Food allergies just keep getting worse, but until now, the only solution was to avoid trigger foods,”said Dr. Agren.  “For kids with multiple food allergies, though, this can be really limiting.”

Sublingual immunotherapy has been used in studies at Duke and Cambridge to desensitize children to peanut allergens.   AllergyEasy drops can treat for nearly 60 food allergens, including milk, wheat, eggs, soy, rice, and fruits and vegetables.


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