Healthwatch: New Allergy Medicine

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It's the season of sneezing again for about one in five Americans, but this spring, new guidelines may offer hay fever sufferers more effective and convenient remedies.

Allergy patient, Kathryn Baker, says, "I would never go back to shots.” Allergy season for Kathryn Baker has always meant weekly visits to the doctor to get shots, but now Baker's arm is getting a break thanks to FDA approved treatments now available at home.

“It’s the first thing I do in the morning. I come down, pop those little drops in my mouth and wait two minutes and then I’m good to go.” The drops are known as Immunotherapy. Dr. Sandra Lin from Johns Hopkins explains, “By introducing these small amounts of what you’re allergic to, the person’s own immune system becomes more tolerant.”

The drops are part of the new guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology aimed at diagnostic an treating hay fever. They also include recommending less sedating antihistamines, steroids for serious cases, and acupuncture for a more natural approach.

Doctors say it can take up to five years for patients using Immunotherapy to become symptom free. Kathryn hits that mark this summer. The new guidelines recommend doctors check hay fever patients for other conditions including asthma, eczema and sleep disorders.

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