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Brandon Snow relies on pre-allergy shots for seasonal allergies

Brandon Snow of Lewisporte is already planning to beat seasonal allergies with pre-allergy shots starting this month.
Brandon Snow of Lewisporte is already planning to beat seasonal allergies with pre-allergy shots starting this month.

While snow and cold weather have set in for the next few months, Brandon Snow of Lewisporte is already planning for spring.

Spring and seasonal allergies, that is.

The 22-year-old has suffered all the side effects that come with allergies since he was a young boy. Sneezing, watery eyes, blocked sinuses and if the triggers are severe enough his throat has closed off, cutting off his airway.

“Pollen, cut grass — there are a lot of things that will affect the seasonal allergies making the spring and summer miserable,” he said.

His search for relief ended in disappointment as Snow has tried every over-the-counter allergy pill he could find.

He has sought help from allergists (doctors specializing in allergy treatment and prevention), but to no avail.

“It would be so bad that Mom would keep the windows closed because the pollen (etcetera) would come in during the spring and summer,” Snow said. “Those white dandelion puffs are the worst.”

Snow, who had been attending MUN in St. John’s for the past four years, noted that he found his allergies would act up more at home in Lewisporte than in the city.

Relief for the seasonal allergies came one day when Snow was visiting his family doctor in Lewisporte.

“He asked me if I ever tried pre-allergy shots to cope with the side effects of seasonal allergies,” Snow said. “I hadn’t, but I was open to anything.”

Prior to taking the pre-allergy shots, he would often miss school due to the side effects of the allergies.

The shots, available only by prescription, were ordered by his doctor and had to be taken once a week for 12-14 weeks prior to the allergy season (May, June, July).

The shots have to be frozen until given to the patient so each week Snow would make his appointment and go to the clinic to have his injection. He will start his next round of shots this month.

“When you’re taking the pre-allergy shots your allergies can act up a bit, but it’s worth it because I’ve found such a huge improvement during the spring and summer months,” he said.

Snow said he would recommend anyone with allergies ask their doctor about the pre-allergy shots. He cautions people not to give up if at first they don’t achieve maximum results.

“The first time you use them, they may not work to their full potential, but try them again and I think they will see the massive difference in allergy relief,” he said.

 

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

 

Spring and seasonal allergies, that is.

The 22-year-old has suffered all the side effects that come with allergies since he was a young boy. Sneezing, watery eyes, blocked sinuses and if the triggers are severe enough his throat has closed off, cutting off his airway.

“Pollen, cut grass — there are a lot of things that will affect the seasonal allergies making the spring and summer miserable,” he said.

His search for relief ended in disappointment as Snow has tried every over-the-counter allergy pill he could find.

He has sought help from allergists (doctors specializing in allergy treatment and prevention), but to no avail.

“It would be so bad that Mom would keep the windows closed because the pollen (etcetera) would come in during the spring and summer,” Snow said. “Those white dandelion puffs are the worst.”

Snow, who had been attending MUN in St. John’s for the past four years, noted that he found his allergies would act up more at home in Lewisporte than in the city.

Relief for the seasonal allergies came one day when Snow was visiting his family doctor in Lewisporte.

“He asked me if I ever tried pre-allergy shots to cope with the side effects of seasonal allergies,” Snow said. “I hadn’t, but I was open to anything.”

Prior to taking the pre-allergy shots, he would often miss school due to the side effects of the allergies.

The shots, available only by prescription, were ordered by his doctor and had to be taken once a week for 12-14 weeks prior to the allergy season (May, June, July).

The shots have to be frozen until given to the patient so each week Snow would make his appointment and go to the clinic to have his injection. He will start his next round of shots this month.

“When you’re taking the pre-allergy shots your allergies can act up a bit, but it’s worth it because I’ve found such a huge improvement during the spring and summer months,” he said.

Snow said he would recommend anyone with allergies ask their doctor about the pre-allergy shots. He cautions people not to give up if at first they don’t achieve maximum results.

“The first time you use them, they may not work to their full potential, but try them again and I think they will see the massive difference in allergy relief,” he said.

 

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

 

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