Single antigen drops contain one allergen — dust mite for example, or individual food antigens for those with severe food allergy. Most people are allergic to five to ten things, so single antigen treatment is not typical.
Multi-antigen inhalant drops treat all your inhalant allergies at once. Since most allergy sufferers are allergic to more than one thing, most take multi-antigen drops that are customized for each patient based on specific antigen and level of sensitivity.
Multi-antigen food drops are also available for patients with non life-threatening food allergy. Single antigen food drops are available to help patients with life-threatening food allergy build tolerance to avoid severe reactions in case of accidental exposure.
Pre-seasonal (rush) single antigen drops are taken eight weeks before peak season for pollens or dust mites. They boost your tolerance so you have milder symptoms during the peak season.
Why optimal dose instead of high dose?
- Optimal, or patient-specific, doses are safer and effective at making you more tolerant as they provide enough of the antigen to effectively treat the allergy, but not so much that it increases the risk of adverse reactions or unnecessary cost.
- Studies show that frequency of dosing is more important than how high the dose is, as it provides constant stimulation and not a peak and valley effect.