Frequently Asked Questions - Allergy Drops

What is Sublingual Allergy Treatment? (click to expand)

Sublingual Immunotherapy treatment works by delivering a small dose of allergen under the tongue, which over time builds up the body's tolerance to common allergens. Allergens are things like pollen and animal dander that can trigger allergic reactions in sensitized people. Sublingual Immunotherapy reduces your allergy symptoms by changing the way your immune system responds to these allergens.

How does Pollenguard work? (click to expand)

Pollenguard Allergy Drops contain small amounts of the offending allergen which are administered 2 to 3 times daily under the tongue. Research shows that when an allergen is presented this way, it is naturally and more readily absorbed through dendritic cells found under the tongue. This allows the patient to build up a tolerance to those allergy-causing substances.

Is Pollenguard is effective? (click to expand)

Sublingual Immunotherapy has been used around the world for over 25 years. The efficacy has been studied in more than 50 double blind placebo controlled clinical trials with outstanding results and is recognized as an effective treatment for allergies by the World Health Organization.

How long will it take to see results? (click to expand)

Typically, favorable results are seen within 30 to 60 days of treatment. However, many patients report a reduction in symptoms within the first few weeks of treatment.

Can children use Pollenguard? (click to expand)

Yes! Children 3 years and older can be treated with allergy drops.

Are sublingual allergy drops safe? (click to expand)

Pollenguard Allergy Drop treatment is a low dose, high frequency model of sublingual immunotherapy.  Low dosing levels and the ease of treatment mean it is safe enough to effectively treat people suffering from chronic conditions that previously made them unable to receive allergy treatments via injection.   The frequency of use is the key to this product working as such, the safety profile is excellent and there have been no reported cases of adverse reactions at this dosage.

Are there any side effects with Pollenguard? (click to expand)

Rarely, however, the most common side effect of allergy drops is a mild, local irritation in the mouth and under the tongue.  This usually subsides within a few days of commencing treatment.

What happens during an allergic reaction? (click to expand)

In an allergic reaction, the immune system responds to the allergen by producing a highly specific antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). While everyone has IgE antibodies, a person who is allergic has an overabundance of them. When the IgE antibodies attack the allergens, they trigger mast cells, or defensive white blood cells, to release histamine and other chemicals that produce the allergic symptoms of inflammation: swelling, mucous production, itching, rash, hives or other symptoms, depending on the type and location of the allergy.

What are the most common allergies? (click to expand)

The most common airborne allergies are tree, grass and weed pollens as well as animal danders and dust mites and their dander.

Who should not take Pollenguard? (click to expand)

Pollenguard should not be taken by patients who are on beta-blockers or who have uncontrolled asthma. Pregnant and nursing mothers should speak to their health care practitioner prior to use.  

What is the recommended dosage? (click to expand)

Take one drop below the tongue using the Pollenguard metered dosage pump (0.05ml) 2 to 3 times per day prior to meals. Hold under the tongue for one minute, then swallow.  Studies show that frequency is the key to the efficacy of this product.  Taking one drop per day shows no change in symptoms, whereas, taking 2 to 3 drops per day shows a significant reduction in symptoms.  For more information, see our clinical studies page.

How long do I have to take allergy drops for? (click to expand)

There are 2 ways to commence treatment using Pollenguard:

Pre-seasonal:  Start treatment 30 to 60 days prior to the offending allergy season, use throughout the season and then stop.  This method of treatment is with an eye toward minimizing symptoms and will be an annual treatment.

Co-Seasonal:  Start treatment immediately and continue year round for 2 -3 years.  This method of treatment is with an eye toward building a permanent tolerance of the specific allergen.  This means no more allergies and no more medication!  Studies show that after successfully completing a full course of Co-Seasonal Treatment, allergy drop users do not develop allergies again, even years after completing treatment. No more antihistamines, no more medication, just easy breathing!