Does your child miss school due to allergies? If so, you're not alone.
Seasonal allergies are believed to affect as many as 40% of U.S. children. On any given day, about 10,000 of those children miss school because of their allergies. That's a total of more than 2 million lost school days every year.
Even if your child doesn't miss school, allergies can get in the way of a productive school day, so managing allergies at school is an important part of caring for your child's health.
If you have hay fever, your doctor will give you a tiny dose of the allergen as a tablet. You let it sit under your tongue and then swallow it. Because the dose is so small, your body won't react.
You’ll get more doses of the allergen on a regular basis so your body gets used to it. Eventually, you should have only very mild symptoms when you get the allergen. Or you may not even have symptoms anymore.
Oral immunotherapy works the same way that allergy shots do, except:
It doesn't require shots. This could make a difference for many people, especially children.