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Allergy shots without needles serve as possible new remedy

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If you suffer from allergies and the traditional medications won’t work, there’s something newer that may help. It’s called sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT, an alternative that doesn’t include shots. Consumer Reports took a look at the new possible remedy and tells you if it could be a good option to get rid of those pesky allergy symptoms.

For Angelo Alban and his three young children, seasonal allergy symptoms have gotten so bad that they’ve had to make changes to their daily lives.

“On very very very bad days it’s very hard to go outside. I’ve called out of work. You can’t breathe properly or you can’t see properly. Driving becomes an issue.”

And for finding any form of relief, the options have been limited with mixed results.

“I take several medications. I use prescription eye drops and prescription nose sprays, and I also take regular pills that I have to change periodically because they stop working after a while.”

The only other option? His doctor recommended allergy shots to reduce his allergy symptoms over time.

But there could be good news ahead for the Alban family. It’s a newer allergy treatment called sublingual immunotherapy or “SLIT,” that may reduce symptoms to specific allergens -- and even better, it doesn’t include needles.

Consumer Reports says it may be worth considering.

“Sublingual immunotherapy is pretty easy to use, once you have a consultation with your doctor, all it really takes is putting a tablet under your tongue for only a few minutes a day.”

Currently, there are four FDA-approved SLIT treatments available on the market.

Odactra, the first SLIT-approved treatment for house dust mite allergies. Oralair, for five different grass pollens, Grastek, for Timothy grass allergies and Ragwitek, for ragweed.

As for the Alban family, SLIT is something they are seriously considering.

Depending on the specific SLIT treatment, younger people may start at age 5. Consumer Reports says that the 5-grass, Timothy grass and ragweed tablets are started about 4 months before the grass season and continued through the season.

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