Allergy sufferers may have new treatment option
SUMMARY: Allergies are annoying and can hinder your everyday lifestyle, but research shows that a new treatment may be easy to take and ease symptoms.
Posted: March 29, 2013
If you are one of the 40-plus million people in America who suffer from allergies, you know how debilitating they can be at times. Springtime activities like hanging out at the park can quickly be put to rest if you have an allergy attack, plus it can lead to other uncomfortable ailments like post nasal drip or even dry mouth and bad breath. We know - allergies are the worst.
According to a recent study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, allergy sufferers may have a new option to relieve their symptoms. A study conducted on more than 5,000 European patients found that oral allergy drops may be an effective option for allergies.
Along with scientific review of more than 60 published studies on the use of oral allergy drops, the study has proved to be effective for allergies of pollens, dust mites, pet dander and molds. Chronic post nasal drip is often accompanied by these types of seasonal allergies in children, adolescents and adults.
Throughout the past 70 years, an allergy treatment known as immunotherapy has been registered through a series of shots that inject a small amount of the allergens an individual is allergic to. By doing this, the patient is able to build a tolerance to whatever that may be. For allergy sufferers, the news of a less invasive procedure is likely a welcomed surprise!
Although the therapy has not yet been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, immunotherapy has been used to treat asthma and certain allergies in Europe for decades. Dr. Sandra Lin, an allergist at John Hopkins said that the United States is just behind the times when it comes to this therapy. America has used a similar treatment for years, but it requires the medication to be injected into the fatty tissue. However, under-the-tongue therapy can easily be done at home, while an injection must be done by a doctor.
"It modifies the immune system so it's more tolerant to what you're allergic to," Lin told ABC News. "It's all about convenience and accessibility because being able to dose at home opens it up to a huge number of people, particularly children."
There are some pros and cons to weigh out when considering this type of allergy reduction; however none were considered to be life threatening. Some individuals suffered from an itchy mouth, which could have been a slight allergic reaction.
A natural way
Many natural health experts and proponents have discussed the power of local honey to treat allergies. Home remedies to treat post nasal drip and other symptoms caused by allergies have included mixtures and straight teaspoons of honey to lessen the strength of allergies. Honey contains natural anti-bacterial properties, is high in potassium and contains the same pollens that are in the air that cause allergy angst. Treatment should include consuming a tablespoon of honey each day, whether it is in a mixture, tea or just taken straight.
Neti pots and nasal rinses are also considered a great option for allergy sufferers, because it clears the nasal cavity of allergens. The only issue with this remedy is that is does not help to build up a tolerance like honey does, but it can relieve many issues that come with post nasal drip. If you feel as though your sinuses are clogged rather than runny, this may be a good temporary solution. Also, it may be helpful to add spices to your food, try herbal remedies like butterbur or increase your intake of fatty acids in foods like salmon, flaxseed and walnuts.