Although most people who suffer from allergies and related illnesses can benefit from allergy drops, many people aren’t aware it’s an option, and don’t recognize how DRAINING allergies are on our society as a whole. For those whose allergies interfere with them living a full, productive, and comfortable life, allergy drops provide an effective, safe and cost effective option.
Not only do allergy drops benefit patients who can’t tolerate or don’t respond to shots or other therapies, they also provide tremendous benefits to employers, our healthcare system, and our society as a whole.
Benefits for Patients
Are allergy drops right for me?
Although most allergy sufferers and those with related illnesses can benefit from allergy drops, it’s especially beneficial for patients who can’t tolerate or don’t respond to allergy shots and those who haven’t found relief elsewhere, including:
Infants & children
Treating young children is one of the biggest benefits of allergy drops. Children who have suffered from chronic ear infections and eczema, typically have underlying allergies at the root of the problem. Research has shown that if left untreated, many allergic children will develop asthma and other chronic conditions later in life. Because of the safety of drops, infants can begin treatments early on, reducing the chance of more severe conditions developing later in life.
Research has shown that the majority of asthma cases have an allergic root. However most asthmatic patients can’t tolerate the allergy shots that would enable them to be desensitized to their allergy. For these patients, symptom management has been the only option offered. But because of their safety, allergy drops have enabled some asthmatic patients to desensitize themselves to the symptom-causing triggers, helping them to alter their disease and in many cases, reduce their need for asthma medication. A variety of studies show positive outcomes when allergy drops were used to treat asthma, and more are underway.
Highly sensitive patients
If you’re interested in treating the cause of allergies through immunotherapy, but simply can’t tolerate shots, or find it’s not the right option for you, allergy drops can be the ideal alternative. This includes people who have experienced systemic reactions to injection therapy, young children, and those who dread shots. And because drops can be taken at home, they’re a great option for those who can’t travel or who are in geographically remote areas where shots are unavailable.
Sinusitis & chronic conditions
Research has recently validated the long-standing view that sinus conditions and allergies are strongly connected. Allergy drops have proven very effective with many patients in treating chronic sinus conditions by desensitizing patients to the underlying allergic cause.
If you suffer from food or mold allergies, little has been offered beyond avoiding the allergen or taking medication to relieve symptoms. Clinical evidence has shown that even the most sensitive patients can tolerate allergy drops, and more research is currently underway to validate more than 35 years of positive results in treating these conditions with allergy drops.
Patients with multiple allergies, including dust, pollens, animals, food, molds, and chemicals have shown marked improvements after following a regular regimen of allergy drops that treat a number of sensitivities at the same time.
Benefits for Employers
What are the costs of an unhealthy workforce?
The value of your workforce is highly dependent upon having healthy, productive employees. Each year, allergies and related conditions cost employers millions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity. Asthma, for instance, triggered primarily 80% of the time by allergies, is one of the most frequent disabling conditions. Costs average $10-12,000 annually for severe asthma cases, $5-6000 for moderate cases. Add to that the indirect costs of lost time–costs incurred for replacing employees or reassigning workforces–and the total cost can be staggering.
Immunotherapy enables employees to address the cause of allergies, lessening the need for clinic visits, medication and improving their quality of life and overall health.
Benefits for our Health Care System
Moving beyond symptom management to solutions.
Every day, both providers and insurers face the frustration of chronically ill patients who seek relief from the many conditions that can accompany their allergies. From sinusitis, to asthma, eczema…and a host of other ailments.
Sublingual immunotherapy treats the root of the allergic problem, enabling patients to change the course of the allergic disease and many related chronic conditions. And it enables both providers and insurers to focus more time and resource on other key health issues.
Not only does it make sense from a healthcare utilization and cost control perspective, it can help patients improve their overall health.
Please contact us to learn more about how we can work with you to help your patients who suffer from allergies.
Benefits for Society
The suffering and costs associated with allergies and related conditions are staggering when you consider how many people are affected. Despite the development and increased use of drugs that manage symptoms, the number of people suffering from allergic diseases and asthma continues to grow.
- Up to a quarter of the population in the industrialized world experiences allergies.
- In the U.S., allergies affect 40-50 million people.
- Pollen allergy, or hay fever, affects an estimated 35 million Americans.
- Allergic rhinitis (caused by pollen and other airborne allergens) accounts for nearly 10 million physician office visits in the U.S. annually.
- More than 18.5 million prescriptions are written for allergic rhinitis every year
- Asthma affects approximately 15 million Americans.
- More than 5,500 people die from asthma each year.
- Asthma accounts for 1.6 million physician office visits annually.
- Between 30 million and 50 million Americans suffer from sinusitis.
- Sinusitis accounts for more than 4.5 million physician office visits every year.
- Up to 300,000 sinus surgeries are performed every year.
- Beyond the physical suffering are the untold costs, both direct and indirect, associated with physician visits, emergency room visits, hospitalization, surgery, prescription drugs, preventive products (such as air cleaners), workplace absenteeism and decreased productivity.
If you would like to make an appointment to be evaluated for allergy drop therapy, please call the MaxWell Clinic at (931) 648-9595 today.