post-title Dates to remember for immunotherapy – February 15th and May 15th 2014-08-28 19:23:03 yes no Posted by

Dates to remember for immunotherapy – February 15th and May 15th

by: Dr. Michael Franz The FDA has recently approved a new oral immunotherapy treatment for grass pollen and ragweed pollen seasonal allergy.  The treatment must start 3 months before the season and continue during the season. The total treatment will therefore last 4-5 months. The first dose must be given in the doctor’s office and […]

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by: Dr. Michael Franz

The FDA has recently approved a new oral immunotherapy treatment for grass pollen and ragweed pollen seasonal allergy.  The treatment must start 3 months before the season and continue during the season. The total treatment will therefore last 4-5 months.MichaelFranz-300x260

The first dose must be given in the doctor’s office and then subsequent daily doses are taken at home. The tablet is placed under your tongue where it is allowed to dissolve slowly. The tablet is taken once a day. Grass pollen treatment is approved for use in adults age 18 through 65. Ragweed pollen treatment is approved for children ad adults age 5 through 65. To be effective, grass treatment must start by February 15th and ragweed treatment must start by May 15th.

It is unusual to only be allergic to grass or only to ragweed. If you are only allergic to grass pollen you will only have allergy symptoms in late May and during the month of June. If you are only allergic to ragweed pollen you will only have symptoms in late August and during the month of September. So far the treatment is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid and you should check for coverage with private insurance before starting treatment. So remember to make an appointment well before February 15th if you are considering treatment for grass pollen and well before May 15th if you are considering treatment for ragweed pollen.

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