Do you suffer from grass pollen allergies? Did you know that there is a new therapy for grass pollen allergies that is more natural than medications, called “oral immunotherapy".
Oral immunotherapy does not involve injections - it is a tablet that is placed under the tongue. This medication is intended for people who continue to have bothersome symptoms during the grass pollen season (mid-May through June) despite taking allergy medications such as nasal steroid sprays and antihistamines. Like the injections, this treatment reduces your allergic sensitivities, rather than just cover up the symptoms like medications do. But unlike injections, which need to be given in the doctor’s office so you can be treated in the event you have a significant reaction, the risk of severe reactions is so low that you can administer the tablets at home. The tablets work differently than allergy injections, so they need to be given daily instead of weekly.
Treatment is started three to four months before the start of the grass pollen season, and continues to the end of June. Treatment is then stopped for the year, and started up again in late January every year. There are two different tablets available for grass pollen allergy; you can read more about them at www.grastek.com and www.oralair.com.
We believe that these tablets help to fill a big void in allergy treatment; we now have something to help people who are not well controlled with medications alone, or either cannot or will not receive injections - either due to time constraints, fear of needles, or any other reason.
We’re excited to be able to offer this treatment option to our patients, and look forward to the opportunity to discuss this form of treatment with you face-to-face so that together, we can decide whether this is the best option for you. Please contact our office at 414.529.8500 to set up an appointment.