Allergy Treatment Options
in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado
- Lifestyle Adjustments- Environmental control measures are critical to reducing your symptoms and exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens. Based on your allergic profile, we can offer guidance to help you address those items that affect you the most.
- Medication- Various medications can improve or alleviate allergy symptoms. This includes over-the-counter or prescription pills and nasal sprays. Side effects are possible and can be discussed with your doctor. Medications may be needed for a lifetime, or as long as symptoms persist, but many patients report decreased medication use after immunotherapy begins.
- Immunotherapy- The only way to change underlying allergic disease is immunotherapy, or desensitization, which builds your immune system’s tolerance to allergens over time. This treatment can be administered in two forms.
- Allergy injections (allergy shots)- For patients age five and over, a series of injections are typically given for a 3-5 year period. Patients typically come into the office weekly for the first 18 months and then every 2 weeks for the remainder of the program. Consistency is critical. Patients are required to wait 20 minutes after each shot during the “building up” phase. Once on maintenance, patients no longer have to wait the 20 minutes. A physician is always available in the office during allergy shot hours. Most insurance companies cover injections, though copays or deductibles may apply. We encourage patients considering allergy shots to call their insurance company to check coverage. Procedure codes for allergy shot treatments are: weekly shots 95115 or 95117, and 95165 for injections of 6 or 12 units. There are no office visits billed for allergy shot visits.
- Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops)- Allergy drops work much like allergy shots, slowly desensitizing you to what causes your allergic reaction, but they’re delivered under your tongue in a liquid form that you can safely take at home. As with allergy shots, most patients taking allergy drops find their treatments take 3-5 years to complete. While some patients feel relief in just a few months, it’s important to continue taking your drops until otherwise instructed to ensure long-term benefit. Drops are custom formulated based on the results of your allergy test (just like the shots). Patients are required to have the first drop administered here in the office to make sure they are tolerated. After this initial vial, additional vials will be mailed to your home. Because of their safety profile, allergy drops can be an option for all patients, including young children. Allergy drops are currently not FDA approved and therefore not covered by insurance. The cost is $190/ 3 months. Costs for drops can be reimbursed through HSA/Flex plans.