Fran is in control of her allergies, but that wasn’t always the case.
Five years ago Fran developed a chronic cough that wouldn’t respond to treatment and stumped both her and her doctor. “I just couldn’t stop coughing,” said Fran. “It was a dry, hacking cough that wouldn’t go away no matter what I did.”
For the first time in her life, things like the smell of fresh cut grass or smoke from a backyard barbecue would send Fran into a coughing or sneezing fit.
Fran’s doctor suggested she make an appointment with an allergist who tested her for allergies and solved the mystery. She was diagnosed with allergies to a variety of things, including trees, grass, nuts and bees.
To begin Fran’s treatment, her allergist recommended rush immunotherapy, a daylong series of allergy shots that increased Fran’s tolerance to the things she was allergic to. Afterward Fran received weekly allergy shots and now visits her allergist for the shots monthly. “My allergist has made it possible for me to get back to my normal life,” Fran said. “Now, when I go for a walk and someone is mowing their lawn, I don’t have to go back in the house, I just keep on walking.”
This patient successfully found relief after seeing an allergist, but the patient’s photograph is not available to respect the patient’s privacy and identity.