The science and mechanics behind allergy drops are simple, but not widely known — so to help you be as comfortable and prepared as possible, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions and answers. If we didn’t answer the question you have in mind, feel free to call us and ask.
What are typical symptoms of allergies?
Allergy symptoms differ from person to person, but commonly include facial pressure, stuffy nose, runny nose or postnasal drip, sneezing, itchy, watery or bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, coughing, and wheezing.
What are the benefits of Asensa Drops™?
Asensa Drops™ can decrease your allergy symptoms, your need for allergy medications, and your chance of developing new allergies or asthma symptoms in the future. In contrast to shots, Asensa Drops™ avoid the discomfort of needles and, thanks to their safe nature, can be taken at home without time-consuming trips to the doctor’s office.
Who can benefit from Asensa Drops™?
Anyone with seasonal or perennial (year-round) allergies can benefit from Asensa Drops™. You may find them particularly helpful if you aren’t getting enough relief from your current allergy medications, or if you’d like to target the specific causes and decrease sensitivities for the long haul.
How do allergy drops work?
Like allergy shots, Asensa Drops™ contain allergens, or the substances you’re allergic to. The drops are administered under your tongue, where they’re absorbed and interact with your immune system to gradually build a tolerance. This tolerance prevents the immune system from overreacting if you’re exposed to these allergens in the future, thus preventing an allergic response. If taken for a sufficient length of time, this allergy desensitization continues after the treatment has ended.
How effective are allergy drops, and are drops as good as shots?
Overwhelmingly, academic studies have provided evidence that allergy drops are effective in reducing allergy symptoms. More importantly, after following the self-reported symptom scores of thousands of our own patients, we have seen dramatic improvement in patient symptom severity and frequency. There is almost no difference in effectiveness between allergy shots and allergy drops.
How will the team determine what is causing my allergy symptoms?
In your first visit, we’ll give you an allergy skin test, then review and computer-analyze your results to configure the best mixture of antigens for your individualized Asensa Drops formula.
For what types of allergies will I be tested?
We test for 38 allergens common to the Houston area, including pollen from trees, grasses and weeds, dust mites, animal dander, some insects, and molds.
What if I have already been allergy tested at another facility?
We want to make it easy on you, so we may be able to provide customized treatment based on allergy tests performed at another facility within the last two years. Please contact us, and we’ll review your results to see if they’re sufficient to work with.
How do I take Asensa Drops™?
Simply depress the dispenser to place Asensa Drops™ under your tongue and hold for two minutes before swallowing. This is done every day, anywhere you are, with no need to come to our office.
Are allergy drops safe?
Independent studies and our experience with thousands of allergy drop patients show nearly zero serious side effects — which is why you can take Asensa Drops™ at home, rather than traveling to and from the doctor’s office. The most common side effect is mild itching in the mouth or throat. Although other side effects are possible, they are uncommon. We’ll review each of these with you in the initial visit.
Can my child with allergies take Asensa Drops™?
Children ages 5 and up are ideal candidates for allergy testing and Asensa Drops™. Treating allergies in children can reduce the chances of them developing other allergies and even asthma. And, since Asensa Drops™ are easy and painless, they are easily tolerated by children.
What do Asensa Drops™ taste like?
Most patients report a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
When will I notice allergy symptom relief from the drops?
You will typically notice improvement in symptoms within three to six months of starting Asensa Drops™. In some cases, relief may take a year or more.
Can I still take my allergy medicines after I start Asensa Drops™?
Yes. Since symptom relief may not be immediate after beginning drops, you should continue your allergy medicines for the first few months. You can gradually decrease these medicines once the benefits of drops begin.
How long do I need to take Asensa Drops™?
In order to produce long-term allergy resistance, we recommend continuing drop therapy for three to five years. Our data suggests that patients who stop taking allergy drops too soon are more likely to experience recurring symptoms.
How do I get Asensa Drops™?
After your first dose, we’ll ship Asensa Drops™ directly to you. You are only required to come to Texas ENT Specialists for the initial trial so we can monitor you for potential side effects or reactions. Afterwards, we’ll ship the drops directly to your house.
How often do I need to visit Texas ENT Specialists?
We recommend returning to the Texas ENT Specialists once a year to monitor your progress and provide any additional treatment suggestions.
How much do Asensa Drops™ cost?
Although allergy drops are not currently covered by insurance, they can still prove to be more cost-effective than shots because there’s no need for weekly office visits and co-pays. Also, once benefits begin and symptoms reduce, you can forgo other costly everyday allergy medications. The typical cost per month is around $100.