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University of Missouri researchers announce alternative seasonal allergy medicine

On Tuesday,University of Missouri researchersannounced analternative medicine for allergy relief.

The new allergy drop is another form ofrelief,instead of usingover-the-counterdrugs or weekly allergy shots.

Each prescription is tailored to eachpatient’sparticular allergy.

New research shows the allergy drop is an effective alternative to relieve itchy eyes, sneezing and runny noses, while also being more convenient.

Patients no longer will need to make weekly appointmentsto receive shots that include rare but serious side effects.

“Shot therapy sometimes can, rarely can have sideeffects …like difficulty breathing,blood-pressure problems,occasionallydeath — rare,veryrare,but it does happen,” said Dr. Robert Zitsch, an MU doctor involved with the study.

As of now, taking the drops for three to five years will hold offsymptoms,but more research is still needed.

The drops can be prescribed to patients of all ages, especially children who are fearful of needles.

The MU clinic is one of severalthatoffer the allergy drop. Thepricesof allergy shots and allergy drops aresimilar at the MU clinic.

Zitsch says he expects the drop to become more popular for allergy sufferers.

The World Health Organization endorses thisdrug,while the FDA still has yet to approve it.

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