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Allergy drops easy, popular

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A stuffy nose and sinus infections plagued Howard Shane for years. Come to find out he was allergic to trees and mold. He decided he wanted to try allergy drops.

"The drops are a lot easier to work with. I don't have to run in all the time to get an injection," said Shane.

The drops work like a vaccine, slowing increasing the body's tolerance to the allergen.

"The drops came about for the reasons of convenience and safety. Primarily, what it is taking the same stuff in shots, actually higher concentrations of it and putting it under the tongue," said Dr. Daniel Todd of Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat.

Allergy drops have been around for nearly forty years in the State, but the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve the so-called sublingual drops.

"What that means is you take the drops and you put them underneath your tongue in the morning. You hold it there for two minutes and then after two minutes you can swallow them," said Shane.

So, what about the taste? Shane says the minty flavor is pretty easy on the palette.

"It's patient friendly, especially for kids. Kids would much rather have drops than shots," said Dr. Todd.

There is one major drawback - cost. Insurance won't pay for the drops, which cost about $100 every month and a half. For Shane, it's worth it.

"If you can afford it, it's the way to go."

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