Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's New to Treat Allergy?

The past few weeks have been very exciting for allergy treatments!

Several new medications are available to help patients with itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and even hives!

Have Chronic Hives?
  • Recently, Xolair (omalizumab) was approved for the treatment of chronic hives. 
  •  Xolair is an injectable medication that binds to a protein (IgE) that triggers an allergic reaction in the body.  This medication is highly effective for hives and helps reduce symptoms in as little as a week. 
  • For the past decade we've been using Xolair in the treatment of asthma and it's relatively safe
  • The medication is given as a monthly injection and helps reduce steroid use.
  • Want more information?  Call the office and we can discuss in person
Are you Allergic to Grass and or Ragweed Pollen?
  • Great news for grass and/or ragweed pollen suffers- there is now a tablet you can take to help reduce symptoms associated with pollen allergy.
  • The grass (Grasteck) and ragweed (Ragwitek) tablets need to be started about 12 week before the season starts.
  • They are daily tablets you leave in your mouth for about 1 minute.
  • They help reduce symptoms by about 27% in studies.
  • These are great options if you don't want to do allergy shots, but have symptoms in the summer and fall.
Stay tuned, there's a lot happening in the world of allergy and we are here to help.

Want more information?  Call the office for an appointment- 212-679-3574 or click here to schedule online. 

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