Pollen levels to rise quickly this season

New drug could help those that suffer from grass allergies

Although grass pollen doesn't normally hit the air for a few months, there is a brand new treatment for it that was just approved by the FDA, according to UW Health Allergist, Mark Moss.

The drug is a dissolvable tablet and it contains grass pollen working as immunotherapy to desensitize people to the pollen.

"Over time if someone takes this, it can lead to fewer symptoms and less medication use," said Moss.

Moss said since it's just been approved there is still a lot to figure out with pharmacies and insurance companies, but it will be a nice alternative for people who can take the drug at home, verses going in for shots every week or month.

Posted, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 6:09 pm

Anyone with allergies, get ready---doctors say because things didn't warm up, and thaw out for so long this winter, pollen levels will shoot up pretty suddenly.

Cale McCoshen goes in for allergy shots every month. He says the one upside of the long cold winter-- a delay in symptoms.

"Yeah I guess I started to feel it a little bit later than it usually is."

UW Health Allergist, Mark Moss says it's the tree pollen that's in the air right now. In a normal year, it releases gradually but this year when the cold finally goes away, the pollen will come on strong.

"People will go from have little to no symptoms to potentially having very bad symptoms."

He says people that can generally tolerate lower pollen count levels might not be able to this year, and could end up with severe symptoms.

So what do you do? Doctor Moss says there are a number of over the counter medicines that can do wonders for those itchy eyes and runny nose. Like Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra.

"These are very effective they're approved for adults and children and they're very well tolerated."

He says you can also try keeping your doors shut, and if that doesn't work he says you should go see an allergist, or hope for a good rain to come and clean out the air. A catch 22 for Cale.

"You cant really do anything on rainy days so it gets a little boring."

If you're confused about whether you have allergies or just a lingering cold, Doctor Moss says with allergies you'll have itchy eyes and a very runny nose and the drainage will be clear. With a cold, you could have body aches and maybe a fever.

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