Spring has finally sprung, and while most people in Denver and Houston may be eager to welcome the longer, warmer days, others are bracing themselves for an onslaught of ragweed pollen and other common allergens. However, a new breakthrough at Johns Hopkins University could make allergy-relief more convenient than ever for the men and women who can't stop sniffling and sneezing this time of year.
According to a press release from the university, an international team of researchers have developed a once-a-day oral medication that could provide an alternative to the weekly or monthly injections so many allergy-sufferers undergo.
The study involved 784 participants from around the world, all of whom were given a pill with varying amounts of a protein that could prevent the irritating effects of ragweed. The participants recorded their symptoms over the course of a year. This ultimately revealed that the treatment now in development could potentially help some of the 80 million Americans who are sensitive to this prevalent pollen manage their reactions and actually enjoy the summer months to the fullest.
"Our results show this oral tablet for ragweed allergy is highly effective and well-tolerated, and offers considerable relief from what many allergy sufferers consider the most agonizing part of the year," said Dr. Peter Creticos, a lead investigator involved with the project.
Though this option was billed as a substitute for the painful shots that may come with other health complications, there is actually another avenue for snifflers and sneezers to turn to for relief. At Longevity Centres of America, we offer a treatment called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), which utilize the same extracts found in allergy shots. We simply place a few drops beneath a patient's tongue that dissolve within a minute, so no more painful injection sites or irritation.