New Allergy Treatment Takes Away Painful Injections for Patients



    
    First sublingual immunotherapy treatment in Canada, Pollenguard is
    efficient and easy to use at home to treat allergies
    

    VANCOUVER, April 21 /CNW/ - Western Allergy Services today introduced
Pollenguard(TM) the first sublingual, or under the tongue, allergy drop
available in Canada to treat common allergies. It is estimated that 30 to 35
per cent of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma. The majority
of people treat their symptoms with over-the-counter short term remedies, but
only 5 percent pursue treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the
allergy.
    Pollenguard works by delivering a low dose of the allergen at frequent
intervals, two to three times a day under the tongue to build up the body's
tolerance over time. It is an ideal treatment for patients with an aversion to
needles, like young children and those with busy schedules that can't make
appointments for shots. Sublingual immunotherapy has been recognized as an
efficient and effective treatment for allergies by the World Health
Organization and has been used extensively in Europe for over 15 years.
    "Patients regularly come to my practice seeking treatment for seasonal
allergies and recently I have been using Pollenguard to treat their
allergies," said Dr. Nigma Talib, naturopathic physician and clinical director
at the West Vancouver Wellness Centre. "With a self-administered allergy drop,
my patients appreciate that they don't have to be treated by needles and visit
the office weekly. With the drops, I find that my patients are more willing to
stick to this treatment plan which is efficient, effective and delivers relief
from their symptoms without relying on daily antihistamines."
    Pollenguard formulas are available for a number of common allergens
including: cat, trees, grass, weed, ragweed, dustmite and in the following
combinations: tree/grass and tree/grass/dustmite. Treatment can be
pre-seasonal (one drop, two to three times daily for 30 to 60 days prior to
allergy season) or perennial (one drop, two to three times daily year round)
for long-term immunotherapy.
    "At Western Allergy Services, we have been providing allergy treatments
for over 35 years to allergists and medical experts and over time we have seen
an increased interest from allergy sufferers in a self-administered
treatment," said Dan Sharp, CEO of Western Allergy Services. "Pollenguard is a
unique product that lets patients take control of their allergies and offers a
long term solution."

    About Pollenguard

    The first sublingual allergy drop available in Canada, Pollenguard(TM) is
an efficient and effective treatment for allergies, and a painless alternative
to allergy shots. Pollenguard allergy drops reduce the symptoms and address
the underlying cause of allergies by assisting the body to develop a tolerance
to specific allergens. Treatment with Pollenguard means fewer clinical visits
and less cost to the health care system than traditional injection therapy due
to the decreased number of medical appointments.
    Pollenguard works by delivering a low dose of antigen at frequent
intervals under the tongue to build up the body's tolerance to the allergen
over time. Pollenguard formulas are available for a number of common allergens
including: cat, trees, grass, weed, ragweed, dustmite and in the following
combinations: tree/grass and tree/grass/dustmite. Pollenguard is a product of
Western Allergy Services, which has more than 35 years of expertise in
treating allergies in Canada.





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For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Whitney Stanford, (604) 692-4223, whitney.stanford@hillandknowlton.ca; Ethan
Pigott, (416) 413-4744, ethan.pigott@hillandknowlton.ca

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