Under-the-Tongue Allergy Pills Replacing Shots for Many

From Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: For More Info, Go Here…

Under-the-tongue allergy pills have quickly caught on as a way to treat hay fever and dust mite allergies, a new study finds.

Allergy shots have been available for more than 100 years, while sublingual, or under-the-tongue, allergy pills were only approved for use in the United States in 2014.

But of 268 U.S. allergists surveyed last year, 73% reported prescribing under-the-tongue allergy tablets, according to allergist and lead author Dr. Anita Sivam, of Memphis, Tenn.

“Five years ago, allergy tablets hadn’t been approved by the FDA and weren’t being prescribed for people with allergies in the U.S.,” Sivam said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

“Allergists were prescribing allergy shots because they were, and continue to be, a proven effective treatment. Once allergy tablets were approved in 2014, allergists began prescribing them for their patients,” she said.

Both approaches reduce the immune system’s sensitivity to an allergen, thereby easing allergy symptoms. This is called immunotherapy.

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