Consulting an ENT allergist is a wise choice. You want a physician that has a broad background of knowledge to treat your problems. A medical evaluation and onsite allergy testing are the first steps to finding out what can help you. Our office offers allergy shots and sublingual drops as a treatment option.
|Taken daily for 3-5 years||Taken weekly for three years then every 2,3 or 4 weeks for 3-5 years (approximately)|
|Drops taken at home. Only the first dose of each new build-up bottle must be taken at the office (every 21 days for 4 build-up bottles).||First five injections at physician’s office then may be taken at home.|
|No time away from work or school except during build-up phase. A 20 minutes wait is required after taking drops (once every 21 days).||Time to get injections plus a 15 minute wait after receiving injections (only during initial 5 injections).|
|No needles or apprehension.|
Very small chance of mild reactions.
|Small needles used for injections.
Small chance of mild reactions.
|Maintenance dose achieved in 84 days. May have fewer allergy-related symptoms in 2-3 months.||Maintenance dose achieved in 1-2 years. May have fewer allergy-related symptoms in 6-8 months.|
|Not covered by insurance; requires payment by cash, credit card or check. May be able to use flexible spending account.|
$75.00 each for the 4 build-up bottles (One bottle every 21 days).
$150.00 for Maintenance Bottle (lasts 2 months)
Maintenance bottles can be mailed with a credit card payment over the phone
Approximately $900.00 per year.
|Partially or completely covered by most insurance after deductible is met, if applicable.
Injection in office $22.00 for 5 weeks
Serum $290.00 every 2 months
Approximately $1508.00 per year.
|Extracts FDA approved but delivery method not approved. Insurance will not cover extracts because of delivery method.||Extracts and delivery method approved by FDA.|
|Patient responsible for correct dose and staying on daily schedule.||Patient responsible for staying on schedule, but nurse responsible for correct dose.|
|Patient required to have liquid Benadryl & EpiPen on hand when drops are taken.||Patient required to have liquid Benadryl & EpiPen on hand for home injections.|