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Do you suffer from allergies? Help is out there

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

Seasonal allergies affect each person differently -- but you don't have to live with the suffering.

Jess Brown's allergy misery was year round.

Spring was the worst.

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

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

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

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," she said, "and pretty much everything outside."

Allergist Dr. Summit Shah 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," he said.

There's help available.

"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," he said. "Now we have some more accelerated approaches like rush immunotherapy and cluster immunotherapy."

Jess started rush immunotherapy over a year ago.

Within a few weeks, she started to feel significantly better.

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

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