So, with the results showing that I'm allergic to 61% of the things tested, what was the next step? While I was glad that my cheese addiction or any other foods weren't the culprit, the reality is if they were, the solution would be quite easy wouldn't it. On the other hand, environmental allergies are much harder to address because you can't just remove them from your life as they are everywhere. That's where Allergen Immunotherapy comes in. The point of this therapy is to build up an immunity to things you are allergic to over time, so eventually they are no longer an issue. I know a handful of people who went for weekly allergy shots for several years, but I never realized that was the point of the shots. I always thought they were just getting extra strong medication to keep them under control. Instead, the shots are actually made up the very things one is allergic to. The amount given increases over time, building that immunity. So the thought of not struggling with allergies was very appealing.
The weekly allergy shot was an option for me and one that is covered under insurance. Having to go to the doctor each and every week for what could be years was not appealing all. But there is now a new alternative. Allergy drops! Rather than the allergens in a syringe the doctor sticks in your arm, allergen extracts are put in a jar that YOU drop under your tongue, in your own home!
Three vials and a recording sheet arrived in the mail about 2 weeks after the allergy testing.
On a side note, I had done some research ahead of time, wondering what to expect, how it worked, what it tasted like, etc. At first, I was surprised to read that it was not FDA approved. The process of Immunotherapy and each extract ARE approved, but what is actually in MY bottle is not. That is because everyone's bottle is different, to meet their needs. I found that fascinating. I've found this whole process fascinating.
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