Allergy sufferers now have relief in the form of sprays, pills and drops

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Treating allergies can sometimes mean a painful injection.

But for many who suffer, new methods are proving to be effective, minus the needle.

If your sniffle, sneeze or cough is triggered by something that is treated by an allergist, chances are you're not looking forward to rolling up your sleeve, sticking out your arm and getting a shot or two.

Now relief for most allergies is available in a pill, or, even a spray.

Indoor dust mites, grass, pollen, oak-pollen, ragweed, and not to forget that cat and dog your favorite pets are just a few causes of allergies on the Suncoast said Sarasota Allergist, Eva Berkes, M.D. of the Hawthorne Clinic and Research Center. She added, "I have patients that come to me because their golf game is affected by their allergies."

Her patient Susan Herchick Suffers allergies. She said, "The eyes mostly are just glued together, right now they're runny and they're gluey, and then I get headaches up into here and in my nose area." The culprit may be something she gets up close and personal with at night. Her feather pillow. But, she wont give it up, and she doesn't like shots because they take too much of her time.

Now her choices may include nasal sprays Dr. Berkes explained. "There are nasal antihistamines, the concept is basically spraying benadryl in your nose, and then there are nasal steroids, which is like putting cortisone cream on your skin, except this is a liquid nasal spray."

Herchick prefers the other option, a pill, because she doesn't want the possible side effects of the nasal sprays. "It runs down your throat, and you sometimes cough, where with the pill it's simple you take it in the morning or at night and that's it."

Dr.l Berkes concurred, there are other possible minor side-effects. she said, "It can cause nasal irritation potentially sometimes nose bleeds although if you spray it correctly, that incidents is really reduced."

Both pills and sprays work well said Berkes. And, there are natural treatments available including the old favorite.

Rita O'Neill, LPN not only works at Hawthorne Clinic. She is a patient and prefers shots. "I don't like taking medication, and the thought of putting something that's pharmaceutical in my body versus something that's natural, I prefer doing the allergy injection."

Dr. Berkes said the latest natural remedy gaining popularity may be easier to swallow than pills. "Sublingual immunotherapy, otherwise known as allergy drops. In this case, what you are allergic to instead of being given in a shot, is placed in small drops underneath the tongue, its then absorbed slowly into the body."

Natural remedies have been used in Europe and Asia for many years, but now they are gaining popularity here in the United States.

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