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Format: 04/24/2014
Format: 04/24/2014

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WPXI-TV: New Allergy Treatment May Replace Allergy Shots

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Allergy season has begun in Pittsburgh and for about 30 percent of the population that means some miserable symptoms.

Mark Knockel, a high school softball coach at Carlynton, spends a lot of time outside this time of year, but his ragweed allergy often makes it difficult.

Knockel said, “A lot of times you are not able to help anyone else because with the watery eyes, your contacts are floating, you can't see. You’re choking and everything else. It’s hard to help and pay attention because you are paying attention to how you feel.”

Knockel is part of a new allergy study at Allegheny General Hospital.

Dr. Deborah Gentile, director of research allergy, asthma, and immunology at AGH said, “If you are allergic to something we have great meds to treat the allergies, but the only method to actually cure them is immunotherapy. You build up doses and make your immune system build up to what you are allergic to.”

One way to do that is with allergy shots. Knockel has tried them, but didn’t like them.

So the same type of therapy without the needles seemed to be just what he was looking for.

To read  more, visit the WPXI website.

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