If you suffer from severe grass and ragweed allergies, you’ll want to meet our board-certified allergist/immunologist, Nancy Wasserbauer, DO. She offers promising new treatment options to her allergy patients who suffer sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.
An Alternative to Allergy Shots: Prescription Allergy Tablets
The latest advance in allergy relief are prescription tablets that are placed under the tongue and can be taken at home. Recently approved by the FDA, the tablets will provide an alternative to allergy shots for many patients.
“Many people with untreated allergic symptoms don’t know how much better they can feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed,” says Dr. Wasserbauer.
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is the practice of exposing allergy sufferers to small amounts of the substances that trigger symptoms in order to decrease sensitivity and reduce symptoms when they encounter the real thing.
“Allergy shots are a form of allergen immunotherapy in which we inject people with what they’re allergic to,” says Dr. Wasserbauer. The new tablets are immunotherapy in pill form, and have proven particularly effective for people with grass allergies and ragweed. “Immunotherapy in take-home pill form is a significant advance," says Dr. Wasserbauer. “It’s great news for children and others who don’t like needles.”
How Allergy Tablets Work
Patients will place the new tablets under their tongues – the first time in a doctor's office, just in case of severe allergic reactions. After that, the pills will be taken once a day at home.
While the new meds are available now, the tablets require two or three months before grass season to build up immunity.
A drawback of the tablets is that they treat just one kind of allergy, and many people are sensitive to more than one thing.
“The approval of oral immunotherapy tablets is an advancement in the right direction,” says Dr. Wasserbauer. “While not a cure, the new treatments will be welcomed by the millions of Americans with severe grass allergy and ragweed symptoms.” Additional immunotherapy pills are currently in development.
Not Everyone with Allergies Needs Immunotherapy
“People with milder, easier-to-control symptoms can try limiting their exposure to the substances that bother them,” she says. “And many people can control runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezes with antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays.” You can also try these 10 tips to find allergy relief.
Quick Facts about Dr. Wasserbauer
- Bachelor of science degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania
- Osteopathic degree at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Pediatric residency training at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
- Fellowship in allergy and immunology from Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
- She has published many articles and has appeared in allergy educational videos, on television and in a recent article in MD News
- She sees adult and pediatric allergy patients
Watch Dr. Wasserbauer Disucss Seasonal Allergies & Allergy Therapies on WKYC Live on Lakeside [4:23]
Or read her post about seasonal allergy treatment options.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Wasserbauer sees pediatric and adult allergy patients at Westshore Primary Care’s Westlake – Detroit Road location, 26908 Detroit Road, Suite 201. Call to make an appointment 440-777-3500.
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DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.