Hay fever sufferers rejoice as Aussie researchers discover a ‘life-changing’ pill that could cure the hated condition for good – and scientists say it may also fix thunderstorm asthma
- Australian researchers have discovered a pill that can help allergy sufferers
- The tablet provides protection against hay fever and thunderstorm asthma
- Tiny doses of grass pollen are infused into the pill to retrain the immune system
- Researchers from Monash University conducted a study with hay fever sufferers
A life-changing new pill developed by Australian researchers can help those who suffer allergic reactions such as hay fever and thunderstorm asthma.
More than 4.6 million Australians suffer from hay fever, with the dreaded illness normally triggered by an allergic reaction to outdoor or indoor allergens like pollen and dust mites – and is usually at its worst in spring.
But the new daily tablet which contains small doses of grass pollen has been proven to help retrain the body’s immune system to protect sufferers from having a reaction.
Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University discovered the groundbreaking treatment after conducting a study into how the tablet worked for those who were allergic to ryegrass pollen.
A new daily pill discovered by researchers is able to provide protection against allergic reactions such as hay fever and thunderstorm asthma (stock image)
Head of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Laboratory at Monash University, Professor Menno van Zelm, explained how the pill is used on 3AW.
‘These tablets are put under the tongue for one to two minutes,’ he said. ‘It’s taken up in the mouth.’
He explained that the ‘small doses of grass pollen’ infused into the tablet ‘doesn’t cause a strong reaction’ and is designed to retrain the immune system to protect sufferers.
The pill needs to be taken once a day for the four months leading up to the pollen season.
But while the treatment works in many people, Professor van Zelm warned it may not fix it may not fix everyone.
His Monash University team took 27 Victorians who were allergic to ryegrass pollen and had seasonal rhino conjunctivitis symptoms at least once a week.
The cohort was divided into two groups where half took the tablet under the tongue every day while the other half received antihistamines.
Researchers from from Melbourne’s Monash University (pictured) discovered the treatment option after conducting a study into how the tablet worked for a group of Victorians allergic to ryegrass pollen
The tablet, which is infused with doses of grass pollen, retrains the cells in the body’s immune system to provide protection (pictured, the research team observes a computer screen with test results)
It was discovered that 92 per cent of those who took the pill for the four months leading up to allergy season for three consecutive years reported ongoing benefits.
Professor van Zelm said that there were signs that those who received the pill were developing ‘immunity’ against their allergies.
By comparison, those who took the antihistamines had no changes to the cells in their immune system.
The research team’s pill will be a prescription medication.