Fighting allergies: The best method to curve symptoms
Seasonal allergies affect each person differently, but you don't have to live with the suffering.
Jess Brown's allergy misery was year round. For her, spring was the best.
"I had to have tissues next to me, every minute my eyes were itching all the time," she said.
Over the counter medicines helped for a little while, but Jess finally had enough when it was time to study for her nursing boards.
"I found out I was allergic to my dogs, which I sleep with everyday and pretty much everything outside," Jess revealed.
Allergist Dr. Summit Shah said each person has their peak season and the misery varies depending on where you live.
"The patients who have specific allergies to grass pollen to tree pollen and mold spores will suffer more in the springtime where, for example, in the fall those patients who are more prone to weed pollen will suffer more in the fall," Dr. Shah explained.
Dr. Shah said people are turning to allergy immunotherapy to speed up relief.
"If you went to your allergist 20 or 30 years ago they would say you've got to have allergy shots for five years, 10 years, 20 years," he said. "Now we have some more accelerated approaches like rush immunotherapy and cluster immunotherapy."
He adds the FDA approved injections build up a person's immunity.
"It's safe, it's natural, because we're injecting people with the very allergens they're allergic to," he said.
Patients begin with a low concentration of their allergen to work toward a maintenance dose.
Jess started rush immunotherapy over a year ago. She said within a few weeks she started to feel significantly better.
"Now I don't take any medications on a daily basis. I sleep with my dogs still and I'm completely fine," Jess said.