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    Old 07-12-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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    Question Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

    I have allergic symptoms (such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy and dry nose, itchy eyes) all year round for 7 years. The symptoms sometimes are severe, sometimes are mild. I had two times allergy tests (blood test) this year and all the results are normal (specific allergens are <0.35 kU/L, IgEs are 4 IU/mL). I took OTC antihistamine medicines (Claritin, Zyrtec, Alavert etc.), they didnít work for me. I tried prescription sprays (antihistamine + anti-inflammatory). They worked for me at the beginning. After several months of use, I felt less and less helpful. Recently I got to know the Allergy Drops (a sublingual allergy immunotherapy). Does anybody know the Allergy Drops can treat the allergy symptoms even though my allergy blood test result is normal?
    Any advice is welcome. Thanks!

     
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    Old 07-12-2009, 10:25 AM   #2
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    Re: Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

    Are you from outside the US? Just wondering why you went with the blood test rather than the skin scratch test and are thinking the drops instead of the shots. That's more typical for food allergies (blood test) here in the US.

     
    Old 07-13-2009, 12:02 AM   #3
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    Re: Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

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    Are you from outside the US? Just wondering why you went with the blood test rather than the skin scratch test and are thinking the drops instead of the shots. That's more typical for food allergies (blood test) here in the US.
    I'm living in Maryland. My family doctor let me do the blood tests twice this year. Blood test checked the specific allergens like dust mites, pollen and animal dander etc., but no food. Since the two test results are all normal, my family doctor recommended me to see a specialist. When I brought my test reports to see an ENT & allergist, I expected he would give me some different test (like skin test), but he didnít do any allergy. He told test for me me not to use the medicines that my family doctor prescribed. Instead he wanted me to take sublingual Allergy Drops. I wonder if the Allergy Drops is safe to take as it isnít a regular prescription medicine. I called my medical insurance company and was told it would not be covered.

     
    Old 07-13-2009, 04:17 AM   #4
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    Re: Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

    It's rather new here and I'm not surprised your insurance company doesn't cover it. I'd ask about scratch testing. Do antihistamines not help?

     
    Old 07-14-2009, 01:31 PM   #5
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    Re: Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

    I've read about a company that produces such drops..the line is bioAllers. There are different forumations depending on the irritant(s_. Some people say they work--I don't know personally. You can look it up on line. Iits not Rx. I know a number of people who get shots...but I've never heard about either of our allergists prescribing drops.

     
    Old 07-15-2009, 11:12 AM   #6
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    Re: Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

    Iím going to find another allergist to get a skin scratch test. Hopefully this can find out what substance(s) that is (are) causing my allergy symptoms all year round.

     
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    Re: Allergic symptoms and Allergy Drops

    Ay,
    Did you ever try the drops? I'm very surprised that they didn't do a skin test as well. I thought all allergists did those!

    The clinic I'm looking at doing the drops at does skin testing as well as some other testing (but because they aren't covered by my insurance, I'm kind of hoping they will take the tests I had done at my allergists last year!)

    Has anybody else tried the drops instead of shots?

     
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