Allergy Drops Verses Allergy Shots

Chicago pediatric allergist, Brian Rotskoff, MD, explains the convenient, pain-free difference between allergy drops and allergy shots.

Nov 02, 2012, 18:30 ET from

CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, kids and their parents have endured the effective, but often dreaded routine of weekly allergy shots. But these days, Brian Rotskoff, MD is welcoming lots of new, sniffling fans to his Chicago asthma, allergy, and immunology practice, Clarity Allergy Center.  Thanks to allergy treatment innovations, Dr. Rotskoff is a Chicago allergist on the forefront of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) allergy drops for childhood nasal allergies and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).


Chicago Allergy Drop Expert
As an immunology specialist, Dr. Rotskoff's training in allergy immunotherapy gives him the expertise to create antigen blends for every patient. By keeping abreast of the latest in allergy care, his expanded state-of-the-art immunology program now includes personalized allergy drop formulas. The science, he explains, remains proven. "Allergy drops are an easier delivery system for the same types of antigens used in allergy shots," says Dr. Rotskoff.

New allergy drop patients begin with thorough, in-office allergy skin testing. Once the patient's exact allergen triggers are isolated, Dr. Rotskoff prepares their allergy drop formula. "No two formulas are the same. Our patients take home their custom blend and begin treatment with daily drops under the tongue," he says.

Allergy Drops Or Allergy Shots?
Traditional allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) gradually expose patients to increasing doses of their individual allergens. "Ultimately, patients can achieve immunity and overcome their allergies," says Dr. Rotskoff, "but they have to remain committed to the regimen." That regimen, allergy sufferers know all-too-well, requires a weekly injection. For adults, it's inconvenient at best. For kids, it's painful, upsetting, and draining.

Allergy Drops Save The Day
Now, mothers throughout Chicago can breath a collective sigh of relief. Instead of dragging sniffling, allergy-ridden kids to the doctor each week, Mom can simply place a quick allergy drop under their child's tongue each morning. It's so easy, kids can even do it themselves. No more battles, no more tears, and no more squeezing in weekly appointments.

"Treating children is always a delicate balance of moderation and effectiveness," acknowledges Dr. Rotskoff, "I'm very sensitive to that and allergy drops are proven to reduce the need for layering on other allergy medication. Significant, long-term quality of life improvements can be achieved." Allergy immunotherapy also reduces the incidence of asthma and the development of new environmental allergies.

Allergy Drops For Mom And Dad, Too
"Allergy drops aren't just for kids," reminds Dr. Rotskoff, "There's a big convenience factor here." Busy adults are much more likely to adhere to an allergy regimen and achieve lasting results thanks to the convenience of administering allergy drops at home or while traveling. Patients need only return to Clarity Allergy Center every six months for follow-up and antigen modification. For optimal results, treatment usually takes three to five years.

Give your nose – and your arm – a break. Call Clarity Allergy Center today to schedule your allergy drop consultation, 773-877-3500. Dr. Brian Rotskoff has three convenient offices:  Arlington Heights, Chicago Edgebrook, and now Chicago Lake View. Visit to learn more. Easily accessible from Lincolnwood, IL, Skokie, IL, Park Ridge, IL, Morton Grove, IL, and Niles, IL, Mount Prospect, IL, Palatine, IL, Elk Grove, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL, Bartlett, IL, Lake Zurich, IL, Schaumburg, IL, and Elgin, IL.

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