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OKLAHOMA CITY - Joel Baker is a pastor at a local church.

When he realized his allergies were affecting his quality of life, he knew he needed to take action.

"I had to have boxes of tissues around all the time," he said.

He started the standard treatment of allergy shots.

"I had to give it to myself in the thigh; it was a pain literally a pain," he said.

Now Joel has found something that works even better and is far less painful.

He puts a drop under his tongue every day; it's called sub-lingual immunotherapy.  

Dr. Mark Lipe from the Allergy Artists of Oklahoma said, day by day, the drops build up your tolerance.

"We are exposing the patient to the allergens so they can build up their immune system," he said.

Lipe said the treatment can be used for infants and small children because there is less risk of shock.

"It's significantly safer than tradition shot therapy," he said. "It's a much more natural way to be exposed to these antigens. You're exposed through mucus membranes and so it's a much more natural way that you're exposed."

For Joel, it is pain-free and life-changing.

"I don't have to worry about being outdoors and worrying about what's going to happen afterwards," he said.