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up a permanent resistance. Still under the care of his allergist, he backed off of the shots and the first year was “great” Henry says. The second year he had to take the occasional antihistamine in high pollen areas. By the third year off of the allergy shots, however, Henry couldn’t get enough antihistamines. His allergies had come back in full force and he was back to ground zero. Today, Henry is back on monthly


allergy shots. It didn’t take long to achieve the same positive effect he experienced during his first years on the shots. He’s accepted that allergy shots for him are a way of life. He also says they are just part of his general health checkup. He takes an aspirin a day because it’s been shown to be good for heart health, and an allergy shot a month. While his allergy story is typical in some ways, Kernerman says more people than not complete their course of allergy shots and do not need to return to them. Allergy season around this part of the


country looks like this: Tree pollens show up in April and generally disappear by the end of May, just in time for grass pollens, by far the worst pollens for allergy sufferers. They peak in early June and are gone by early July. Keep holding your breath though, because weed pollens attack in July and August. The Spokane Allergy & Asthma Clinic has a pollen counter on the roof of the clinic where daily pollen counts are taken and posted on the clinic’s website at


Kernerman says people who suffer from allergies like this information to help them plan their day in anticipation of additional allergy measures. Kernerman also reminds us that allergies,


“seasonal although at times


frustrating, can be effectively and appropriately


people to enjoy being outdoors during the beautiful warmer months in the Inland Northwest.”


For additional information on allergies, here are two preferred medical industry sites: www.aaaai.org and www.acaai.org.


Julie Humphreys is a health reporter and Director of Step UP Spokane, a community effort to encourage you to eat right and exercise. Visit www.stepupspokane.org for more nutrition information and to track your physical activity with free activity challenges.


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