"I've never seen this type of approach before," noted Bassett, who is also the medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York in New York City. "The allergens we're using now are certainly very potent and very effective. But we're obviously always looking at new ways to treat the epidemic of allergy. And there's a need for better treatment, and more cost-effective and safer treatment. So, this is a piece of information, although preliminary and focused only on grass pollen, that provides some insight into other ways to approach the problem."
For more about pollen allergies, visit the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
SOURCES: Thomas Kundig, M.D., medical director, department of dermatology, University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland; Clifford Bassett, M.D., clinical instructor, New York University School of Medicine, New York City, attending physician, allergy and immunology department, Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., and medical director, Allergy and Asthma Care of New York; Nov. 10-14, 2008, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online