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Battling mountain cedar allergy with drops

"The mountain cedar allergy drops we're starting on patients actually have the purified protein of mountain cedar that we know from research is what causes the allergic reaction when we're exposed to it in nature," said Patricia Gomez Dinger at Advanced Allergy. (SBG Photo)

Mountain cedar season is almost upon us. If you're absolutely sick of getting allergy shots -- you may want to consider drops. They're part of an oral immunotherapy technique where you're given small doses of the very thing that makes you sick -- to help you get better.

When it comes to mountain cedar season, Pam Kleiser has been miserable pretty much her whole life. "Everything started in November, sometimes, the end of October," she said. "And I would stay sick until February or March."

But her doctor, Patricia Gomez Dinger at Advanced Allergy, told her about the drops. "The mountain cedar allergy drops we're starting on patients actually have the purified protein of mountain cedar that we know from research is what causes the allergic reaction when we're exposed to it in nature," Dr. Dinger said.

Pam said, sign me up, doc -- and it was love at first drop. "November came, I was fine," Pam said. "I didn't have my little barky cough, my nose wasn't running, my eyes weren't watering, I could still wear makeup."

Instead of having to come in for shots, Pam takes the drops at home. They go right under the tongue. You start with small doses and gradually increase them over 40 days, which is why you'll need to start soon. "As patients start in this month of October," Dr. Dinger explained. "They'll be up to the highest dose before the peak mountain cedar season hits us in December."

Pam's a believer -- no more shots for her. "They really work," Pam said. "I told her it was a magic potion."

Doctor Dinger says they can do the same treatment for all the major allergens. If you're interested in finding out more, go to mysaallergist.com.

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