Science Daily reports that new research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center may come as a relief to kids with allergies in more ways than one. Oral drops have been found effective in treating children with asthma or seasonal allergies. Not only could the under the tongue drops do away with painful needles for kids, they could also be administered at home, saving nervous little ones the anxiety of both a shot and a trip to the doctor.
Only three of the 34 studies in the review directly compared shots and drops and, the investigators say, more head-to-head comparisons may shed better light on the comparative effectiveness of the two treatments. However, the researchers add, the results of the 31 remaining studies they looked at indicate both oral drops and allergy shots can successfully rid children of coughing, sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes and wheezing.
While the drops have met with success in Europe, they have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which means they are hard to come by in the United States, although some doctors here are making them available to their patients.
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