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Hate allergy shots? Here’s a new Option


Allergy shots could produce a number of bad side effects on people, including dizziness, itchy eyes, shortness of breath, tightness in the throat or worse. But now with a new approved medication, pollen sufferers can avoid allergy symptoms and sensitivity to shots at the same time.


America’s top consumer watchdog Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its first under-the-tongue pill versus pollen allergy: Oralair by French firm Stallergenes. Oralair is effective against Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy and Kentucky Blue Grass pollens.


According to FDA, the pill could reduce the need for allergy medication by 16 to 30%. It recommended the alternative treatment for people aged 10–65. The first dose of Oralair should be done under medical supervision to check for side effects. It will also take months for it to kick in.


Although the news may come too late for the onset of pollen season, it should still be welcome for pollen sufferers as tests in America revealed that climate change is extending pollen season around the world. A 2003 research in Britain confirmed that grass pollen season in the UK has doubled since the 1950s.




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