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New allergy treatment replaces shots

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Allergists are calling it the most exciting development in allergy treatment in the last 100 years.  

It's a new allergy pill. This new pill actually replaces the shots.

While most people's symptoms are pretty well controlled with medication, in the past, the allergy shots or immunotherapy, was the only treatment that helped certain people.

Dr. Jim Harris from the South Bend Clinic told us this pill was in testing for ten years or more and they are really excited about this new option.

"Now we have an oral approach, starting with grass pollen.  It'll be a tablet you put under your tongue that will actually reduce symptoms, but even better than that, it may potentially cure the problem in the long term," says Harris.

Dr. Harris says this specific pill for grass pollen is the first step.  In the not too distant future, they will have a pill for ragweed, house dust, cat dander and combination allergies.

He doesn't know the cost yet, but says he believes it would have to be cheaper than getting shots in the office.

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