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Avera Medical Minute: Allergy Drops vs Shots

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Sydnie Daniels squirts 3 allergy drops under her tongue. Sydnie Daniels squirts 3 allergy drops under her tongue.

If you had to choose between getting allergy shots or taking allergy drops it almost seems like a no brainer. It is now because Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat is only the place to offer those drops. We met a Washington High School freshman who is sold on this kind of immunotherapy.

Sydnie Daniels gets a runny nose, soar throat, itchy and hives everywhere from her allergies. The 14 year old from Sioux Falls is practically allergic to everything. Peanuts are her biggest problem, along with corn, wheat, eggs, corn syrup (a preservative used in almost everything), fur... the list goes on and on.

Sydnie says, "Yeah, mold is a big one. That puts me in the hospital every September because of my asthma."

She started seeing Allergist E.N.T. Dr. Daniel Todd at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat 2 years ago after a near death experience. She had an asthma attack so bad she spent a week in the I-C-U. She coughed so hard she punctured a lung and was put on asthma medicine 24 hours a day while in the hospital.

Her mom Mary Daniels says, "That medicine is hard on the body. It's hard on the heart, lungs. It was really hard on her. When we got out we went to see Dr. Daniels and he said the only way it's going to get better is if we reduce her reaction to allergens and said we have to do shots."

Reluctantly she started getting 4 shots twice a week until a reaction to a shot in her left arm left her swollen and red from the elbow to the shoulder. 6 months ago Dr. Todd switched her to allergy drops. She squirts 3 drops under her tongue once a day and they've reduced her symptoms remarkably.

Mary says, "It was like a party at our house. It's been a miracle for us. It really has. And she hasn't been in the hospital either."

Dr. Todd says, "The main advantage is really the convenience. Especially for needle phobic patients, that's the biggest issue. Plus, they don't have to come in to do their immunotherapy. They can do it at home, after they brush their teeth. It's made up of the same serum in the shots it's just administered differently."

Look at it this way, it's like there is a vessel inside Sydnie. Typically there is enough room in her vessel to take in the allergens thanks to her medications. But if she is sick with a cold, it's already half full. If she just played a game of volleyball and is having an asthma attack, it's 3/4 full. She knows if she eats corn on the cob that is going to send her over the edge and she'll have a skin reaction. So for her, it's learning to gage how full her vessel is and avoid the triggers.

Her mom says, "mostly she's at a low enough level that she can handle it."

And Sydnie can definitely handle a few drops if it keeps her out of hospital.

The Daniels family has two dogs at home that Sydnie loves dearly, but if she plays with them she gets hives. Since she wants a pet she can cuddle, she got herself a snake. No fur. No hives.

 

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