Oral Drops for Allergy Treatment

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Patients have asked us about Oral Drops for allergic treatment. There
has been some recent publicity on this in the local media.

There are currently two described types of oral drop therapy for
allergy. Low dose, known as “Rinkle Method” and high dose known
as sublingual immunotherapy, or the SLIT method. The low dose
method has been known for many years. It is not effective treatment
for allergy. The high dose method is more recent and may be helpful
for allergy. However, it is currently investigational. This method has
not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This means it has not been shown by scientific study to be safe or
effective. In fact in the case of food allergy, oral therapy has been
found to be dangerous, causing severe allergic reactions.

This is also the position of the American Academy of Allergy, the
American College of Allergy and the National Academy of ENT
Allergy. In addition, private insurance companies, Medicare and
Medicaid will not cover the cost of this unproven therapy.

Dr’s Shapiro and Lokshin are closely following the medical literature
in this area and will bring it to our patients when and if we feel it is an
appropriate, accepted safe and effective therapy.

We will keep you informed.

				
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