Okla. clinic giving hope to allergy sufferers in drops

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Do you find yourself sniffing and sneezing a lot these days?

You are not alone; an estimated 40 percent of Americans suffer from allergies.

Some experience such severe symptoms that they visit the doctor for allergy shots.

But a new study suggests patients can find relief without the need for needles.

Researchers are investigating a different way to deliver the same medication with under-the-tongue drops.

It’s not approved by the FDA but has been used in Europe for decades and in the U.S. as an off-label drug.

Dr. Sandra Lin at Johns Hopkins University reviewed more than 60 studies that looked at the effectiveness of the drops.

She found they not only cut down on allergy symptoms but also the number of medications patients took.

It worked for allergy sufferers of all ages; welcome news for little patients who have a fear of shots. 

Because there are no FDA-approved manufacturers of under-the-tongue allergy drops in the U.S., outside experts said dosing could be inconsistent.

Researchers and patients said they hope, with more study, allergy drops will soon be approved here.

Allergy Arts of Oklahoma is one of the first clinics in the country to offer the drops but you'll need to check with your insurance to see if they are covered.

By: Mark Barger for NBC News

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