For people with OAS, eating a fresh fruit or vegetable can cause tingling or swelling in the mouth and throat. A company that specializes in an oral drop alternative to allergy shots has a solution.
Phoenix, AZ (PRUnderground) November 6th, 2020
Fruits and veggies are supposed to be healthy, but for people with Oral Allergy Syndrome, they can cause tingling, itching and swelling in the mouth that make eating fresh produce a miserable experience. AllergyEasy is spreading the word that the syndrome is actually a result of pollen allergies and that there is a more convenient and pain-free solution than allergy shots: sublingual immunotherapy drops.
AllergyEasy was founded by Dr. Stuart Agren, who was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) to treat patients’ allergies to pollen, dust and pet dander. The treatment is used widely in Europe as an alternative to allergy shots, and Dr. Agren found that his patients complied better with SLIT because they could take it at home.
SLIT starts with sublingual, or under-the-tongue, liquid drops that patients take daily at home. The drops have been shown to be safer than shots so they are not required to be administered under direct medical supervision. The drops contain extracts of the allergens that patients react to and absorb into the bloodstream through specialized cells in the mouth. With repeated exposure, the drops desensitize patients’ immune systems to the allergens so that they stop overreacting to them with uncomfortable symptoms.
While many people attribute Oral Allergy Syndrome to food allergies, it is actually a result of pollen allergies. Chemically, many of the proteins in fresh produce resemble tree, grass and weed pollens. For example, the chemical makeup of proteins in apples, carrots, celery, cherries, peaches and pears is very similar to that of birch tree pollen. As a result, when people with birch tree allergies bite into one of these fruits or vegetables, the immune system may kick into overdrive. This usually results in tingling and itching in the mouth, tongue and throat. This phenomenon can extend to some nuts and spices as well.
According to Dr. Agren, when you treat the pollen allergy, you can minimize Oral Allergy Syndrome. “Since there is a cross-reaction going on, if you desensitize the body to certain pollens, you can also desensitize it to chemically similar food items that cause OAS symptoms. This allows people to eat more of the fresh foods that they love without those irritating reactions.”
Immunotherapy is the only treatment that has been shown to modify the underlying allergic disease, not just its symptoms. And while subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) is the most commonly prescribed form of immunotherapy in the U.S., more and more people are turning to sublingual immunotherapy because the daily drops are so convenient.
“Time-strapped patients will shy away from immunotherapy, not because they don’t need it, but because they just don’t have time to go to the doctor’s office a couple of times each week for shots. Sublingual immunotherapy produces similar results, but it’s much more accessible and practical since it can be taken at home,” said Dr. Agren.
AllergyEasy offers a turnkey allergy treatment program to primary care physicians around the country. It allows them to test allergic patients and treat them for Oral Allergy Syndrome and other allergic conditions using sublingual immunotherapy.
To learn more about sublingual immunotherapy or how it can help diminish Oral Allergy Syndrome, call (877) 276-3393 or visit www.AllergyEasy.com.
AllergyEasy helps allergy doctors around the country provide sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) to their patients who suffer with allergies to pollen and food allergies (including dairy allergy, wheat allergy, nut allergy, fruit allergy and more.) AllergyEasy can connect patients to a doctor in their area who offers sublingual allergy treatment.
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