Allergies: New medicine to help?

Updated: 06/05/2014 6:29 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 4:55 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

Snow may not be in the air anymore, but the pollen is. Because of spring’s late start, the offending pollens are many. That means more problems and more visits to the doctor this year than usual for allergy sufferers. There is good news though for those seeking relief. It comes in the form of a new drug just approved for use in the U.S.

Allergies are an unavoidable part of spring and summer as trees and flowers release their pollen. Because some of those blooms were late this year, there are more pollen culprits to deal with all happening at once.

Moe Kusminsky said, “"I usually have pretty light allergies, but I’ve noticed it a lot more this year than usual. Just a little itchy throat, sneezing more than normal."

Dr. Teresa Bingemann is an allergist with Rochester General Hospital's Allergy Center. Her patients complain of allergy symptoms all the time. This year, her patients are complaining more.

Dr. Teresa Bingemann, Rochester General Hospital’s Allergy Center, said, "Each year, it seems to shift just a little bit depending on the predominant allergen and the weather patterns. So, for example, when it's drier, the pollen counts tend to stay high longer. So when we have successive days of high pollen counts, people tend to complain more as opposed to when it rains and the pollen counts drop for a little bit."

There is good news for allergy sufferers. There is a new pill that goes under the tongue.

Bingemann said, For the first time, sublingual immunotherapy has been approved by the FDA. Right now, the products have been approved for ragweed sensitivity and some of the grasses depending on the product.”

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