Allergy Drops Chicago

Pet allergy relief - dog and cat allergies

Are pet allergies keeping you from fully enjoying your favorite furry little animals? Would you like to experience up to 90% improvement in your pet allergy symptoms?

Keep reading to find out how 2 allergy drops under your tongue each day can help cure your pet allergies.

allergy drops for dog allergies and cat allergies

How common are cat and dog allergies?

Approximately 15-25% of the U.S. population is allergic to cats and/or dogs
This is double the number from 1990

What are cat and dog allergy symptoms

  • Sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion (stuffiness), post-nasal drip
  • Asthma symptoms which include cough, wheezing, shortness-of-breath, and tightness in the chest
  • Asthma
    • 30-40% of patients allergic to cats or dogs will develop acute or chronic inflammation of the lungs, leading to asthma
    • o Cat dander can trigger a severe asthma attack in up to 25% of cat allergic patients within 30 minutes of cat exposure
  • Contact hives
    • Hives (welts) can develop at the site where the pet licks your skin

What are the medication options for cat and dog allergies?

While pet avoidance is the most helpful way to treat pet allergies, this is not always possible or desired for many people. Frequently, many medications are needed to treat all of the symptoms of pet allergies (depending on the severity of the allergy).

  • Anti-histamines
    • Anti-histamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, or Claritin can treat mild nasal and eye symptoms of pet allergies
    • Usually not strong enough to use by itself for most pet allergy sufferers
    • Nasal steroid sprays
      • Nasal steroid sprays such as Flonase, Nasacort, and Nasonex can be very helpful for nasal congestion, sneezing, and runny nose associated with allergy to cats or dogs
    • Eye drops
      • Prescription or over-the-counter eye drops are helpful for itchy watery eyes associated with pet allergies
    • Asthma inhalers
      • Albuterol (rescue inhaler)
        • For short term cat or dog exposure, a rescue inhaler such as Albuterol may be needed to treat the shortness-of-breath, cough, wheeze, and tightness in the chest associated with pet triggered asthma symptoms
    • Anti-inflammatory inhalers
      • For chronic exposure to cats or dogs, a daily anti-inflammatory inhaler may be needed to treat the chronic inflammation associated with pet induced asthma

    Are there really allergy free dogs or cats or some cats or dogs that are best for people with allergies?

    Despite what you may read on the internet, there really is no such thing as hypoallergenic cat or dog breeds. In fact, studies have shown pet breeds that are thought to be "hypoallergenic" may actually contain more pet dander than other pet breeds. Some people do feel, however, that certain pet breeds may cause less allergy symptoms. This has not been proven in medical studies, however.

    Are there any measures that I can take to reduce the pet dander in the home?

    • Washing your pet
      • Studies have shown that washing your pet does not decrease the amount of dander in the home
    • HEPA filters
      • Studies on HEPA filters have been mixed. There may be a very modest decrease in the amount of pet dander with the use of HEPA filters.

    What are sublingual allergy (SLIT) drops and allergy shots (Immunotherapy)?

    Allergy shots and sublingual allergy drops
    (under the tongue) are a form of immunotherapy in which a person is exposed to small amounts of cat and/or dog dander.

    Over time, a person’s immune system becomes desensitized to the dander, resulting in a dramatic reduction in cat and dog allergy symptoms.

    Allergy shots

    Allergy shots for pets (and other environmental allergies) are given in gradually increasing doses. Initially, injections are given weekly in the allergist’s office. Once you reach the highest concentration (the maintenance dose), the allergy shots are spaced out to every 4 weeks for 3-5 years. Symptom relief usually begins after 2-4 months of treatment.

    After the 3-5 year period, most patients can discontinue the allergy shots and expect a long-term cure or remission in their allergy symptoms.

    Sublingual allergy drops (Also referred to as Sublingual Immunotherapy- or SLIT)

    Sublingual allergy drops are administered under the tongue at home daily. Symptom relief is achieved more quickly than with allergy shots. If the allergy drops are continued over a 2-5 year period, one could expect a long-term remission or cure similar to allergy shots.

    Cat / dog allergy shots and allergy drops can be a good treatment option if:

    • You are unable or unwilling to part with your pets
    • Medications do not help sufficiently to control all of your symptoms
    • Medications cause too many side effects
    • You want to reduce the need for long term medications
    • You would like a long term cure for your pet allergies

    What are the benefits of pet allergy shots and allergy drops

    • Treats all of the symptoms of pet allergies
      • Eye symptoms
      • Nasal symptoms
      • Asthma symptoms
      • Skin allergies
    • Minimizes need for multiple allergy medications
    • Cost effective when compared to allergy medications
    • Greatly improves quality of life
    • Much more effective than allergy medications
    • May prevent the development of pet-induced asthma symptoms
    • Can lead to long term remission of pet allergies

    What are the benefits of allergy drops compared to allergy shots?

    • Allergy drops typically begin working in 10-14 days
      • Allergy shots may take 2-6 months for symptom relief
    • Allergy drops can be taken at home, avoiding the need for weekly or monthly visits to doctor’s office
    • Reduced risk of serious allergic reactions compared to allergy shots
    • Cheaper alternative than allergy shots for those without insurance or have high deductible insurance

    Who may benefit from cat or dog allergy shots / drops?

    • Pet allergic people with existing pet or desire to own a pet
    • Significant other has pets
      • No need to let pet allergies come between you!
    • Frequent visits with family or friends with pets
    • In-laws who can’t baby sit due to pet allergies
    • People working with pets
    • Anyone tired of pet allergies!

    How effective are allergy drops to cats and dogs?

    75-90% reduction in allergy symptoms
    • Individual responses may vary
    • The vast majority will receive significant or dramatic benefit

    How long do I have to take allergy drops or shots?

    To achieve a long-term allergy remission/cure, allergy shots or allergy drops would need to be taken for 2-5 years. Allergy drops are a great option for those that want immediate relief and may not need treatment for a prolonged period of time i.e. living with a roommate with a pet.

    Allergy Shots Cost

    Cost analysis (Will differ from person to person based on severity)

    The cost of treating pet allergies can add up very quickly. The following are estimated costs, which depend on the severity of the pet allergy symptoms. If someone experiences pet-induced asthma symptoms, costs will increase significantly depending on one’s insurance coverage.

    OTC Medication to Treat Pet Allergies (monthly costs)
    OTC Medication to Treat Pet Allergies (monthly costs)
    Type of Medication Estimated Monthly Cost
    Total $1,000.00 yearly cost
    Non-sedating anti-histamine (Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin) $30.00
    Nasal steroid spray (Flonase, Nasacort, Fluticasone) $30.00
    Eye drops (Zaditor) $25.00

    Cost of treatment for pet-induced asthma

    Actual cost will depend on asthma severity and insurance coverage

    • Rescue inhaler (Albuterol)
      • Up to $50 without insurance
    • Daily anti-inflammatory inhaler (Flovent, Advair, Pulmicort, Qvar, Symbicort, Dulera, etc)
      • $300-400/ month without insurance
    • Urgent care/doctor visits
      • Depends on insurance coverage
    Medications typically do not provide more than 60% relief of symptoms

    Are allergy drops FDA approved?

    The extracts used to make allergy drops are FDA approved. The route of administration (under the tongue) is pending FDA approval.

    Are there risks to allergy drops?

    • The risk of a severe allergic reaction is significantly less than with allergy shots
    • The most common reaction is itchiness of the mouth that typically resolves after 1-2 weeks

    How long have allergy drops been around?

    Allergy drops have been used for many decades in Europe. In fact, allergy drops are much more common there than allergy shots. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable treatment option for environmental allergies.