Current Allergy Studies
Below is a summary of our current Allergy trials. If you are interested in learning more, simply click on the trial's name to answer a few qualifying questions and request a contact by our research staff:
Adolescent Ragweed Allergy Study
Allergy study for adolescents ages 12 to 17 who are allergic to ragweed. Ragweed is a fall pollen. If you have allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose, stuffy or congested nose, or itchy and watery eyes starting mid-August that last to the first frost, you could be allergic to ragweed. We are studying RAGWITEK, a sublingual (under the tongue) immunotherapy to treat ragweed pollen allergy symptoms. RAGWITEK is available by prescription in the US and Canada for adults ages 18-65. This study will test RAGWITEK to see if it is safe and effective in children ages 12 to 17 years of age. The study will last approximately one year and requires 8 visits to our office. Reimbursement for time and travel expenses may be available.
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Rochester Pollen Count
Click here for the latest pollen count for Rochester, NY by Donald Pulver, M.D.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies reflect an overreaction of the immune system to substances that usually cause no reaction in most individuals. These substances can trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itching. Allergies can be catagorized into the body systems they affect such as Allergic Rhinitis (nasal symptoms), Allergic Conjunctivitis (eye symptoms), Allergic Asthma (lung symptoms), Atopic/Contact Dermatitis (skin symptoms), Urticaria (hives), and Anaphylaxis (severe, life threatening symptoms). Allergies are also classified by what you're allergic to. If you have seasonal allergies you have symptoms only during the season the pollen is in the air, for example grass and trees in the spring and ragweed in the fall. If you have perennial allergies, you have symptoms year round because the allergen is in the air year round such as dust mites, cat or dog. Insect sting/Bite allergy is an over reaction (sometimes severe) to bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and some variety of ants (fire and harvest). Drug, Latex or Food allergy produces symptoms when you come in contact with that substance. Symptoms to these can be mild to severe and are treated by avoidance.
What is a dust mite allergy?
Dust Mites are tiny, eight-legged bugs that eat dead skin cells. They can be found just about everywhere that people live-especially in bedding, carpets and furniture. Many people have an allergy (an overreaction of the immune system) to dust mites. Symptoms can include sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, and stuffy ears. Exposure to dust mites can also trigger asthma symptoms. Many people notice these symptoms when they stir dust during cleaning activities, or upon waking in the morning due to dust mites in pillows and bedding.