- Itchy, watery eyes
- Stuffy, runny nose and sneezing
- Wheezing and coughing
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, there are five main environmental allergy offenders:
- Dust mites
These pesky culprits account for approximately 1.5 million school days missed annually and 28 million days of lost productivity for adults.
Globally, there has been a 100 percent increase in the incidence of “hay fever” or allergic rhinitis in each of the last three decades in developed countries.1
Many people with mild to severe environmental allergies prefer allergy drops rather than trying to avoid their allergies or take over-the-counter medication as a temporary fix. Allergies impact quality of life, and treating the underlying allergy improves symptoms, reduces the likelihood of new sensitivities developing, and can reduce the need for symptom-controlling medications. Immunotherapy, whether allergy shots or allergy drops, is the only treatment that actually modifies the allergic disease.
At Allergy Associates of La Crosse, we help you identify your environmental allergies through a detailed history, exam and one or more of our testing options. Once we have a complete allergy inventory and understand your allergic fingerprint, we will prescribe custom allergy drops. You may temporarily need symptom-relieving medications until your drops are able to help you build tolerance.
Some patients respond to sublingual immunotherapy treatment slowly and some respond quickly. As you might expect, it depends on the patient’s condition, how well they follow treatment, the allergies’ severity and how much allergen the patient is exposed to. The average treatment for environmental allergies is three to five years.
1. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology