ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT IF YOU COULD TREAT YOU ALLERGIES WITHOUT SHOTS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Many people with allergies would rather take pills and put up with symptoms than undergo allergy testing and subsequent shots. Now an alternative exists: sublingual immunotherapy. That’s using essentially the same material as that used in shots, but it’s placed under the tongue. Sandra Lin, an allergy expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the technique.
LIN: A lot of people are either afraid of needles and children don’t tolerate needles below a certain age. So now there’s a concept of sublingual immunotherapy. And its actually not a new concept and its widely practiced in Europe. What it is is instead of shots you get these little drops like an eye dropper and you place them under your tongue and hold them for two minutes and then you can either swallow or spit them out and you can actually dose these at home so it’s the same concept where you get an increasing dose over a month and then you get a maintenance dose. :30
Lin says no studies comparing shots with sublingual therapy exist but that results from Europe are quite positive. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.