Different treatments can help allergy sufferers

Jess Brown talked to Dr. Summit Shah about getting help for her allergies. (WSYX/WTTE)

Seasonal allergies affect each person differently but you don't have to live with the suffering. Some treatments can bring fast allergy relief.

Jess Brown's allergy misery was year round. Spring was the worst.

"I had to have tissues next to me every minute my eyes were itching all the time," said Brown.

Over-the-counter medications helped for a little while.

"It just felt like a cold all the time," said Brown.

Jess had enough when it was time to study for her nursing boards.

"I found out I was allergic to my dogs which I sleep with every day and pretty much everything outside," said Brown.

Allergist Dr. Summit Shah with Premier Allergy says each person has their peak season and the misery varies depending on where you live.

"The patients who have specific allergies to grass pollen and tree pollen and mold spores will suffer more in the springtime where for example in the fall those patients who are more prone to weed pollen will suffer more in the fall," said Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah says people are turning to allergy immunotherapy to speed up relief.

"If you went to your allergist 20 or 30 years ago they would say you've got to have allergy shots for 5 years 10 years 20 years now we have some more accelerated approaches like rush immunotherapy and cluster immunotherapy," said Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah says the FDA approved injections build a person's immunity.

"It's safe it's natural because we're injecting people with the very allergens they're allergic to," said Dr. Shah.

Patients being with a low concentration of their allergen to work toward a maintenance dose.

"So people can start getting relief from their symptoms sometimes in the same season," said Dr. Shah.

Jess started rush immunotherapy over a year ago. She says within a few weeks she started to feel significantly better.

"Now I don't take any medications on a daily basis I sleep with my dogs still and I'm completely fine," said Brown.

Dr. Shah says the main risk for allergy immontherapy is an allergic reaction to the injection since it contains the allergen you're allergic to.

The risk is slightly higher with rush or cluster immunotherapy since they're on an accelerated schedule.

It's recommended people take an antihistamine before procedure day. Dr. Shah says prevention is always key for allergy sufferers.

For example, take showers and change clothes after being outside to help bring some relief.