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Are Allergy Meds Still Working Against Severe Symptoms?

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Richmond, VA—Doctors have warned central Virginia residents that this year's allergy season will be more severe than the last. Since 2006, they have been correct, and now, many allergy sufferers are asking if medications have been able to keep up with worsening symptoms.

Since 2006, Dr. William Hark has told 8News viewers repeatedly that each year's allergy season was worse than the last. This year is no exception; Richmond even ranks as one of the worst towns for allergy sufferers.

If symptoms are becoming progressively worse, are medications improving rapidly enough to effectively treat them? Dr. Hark says yes.

"In fact in the last few years we've gotten some good medicines that are now over the counter, that before you had to have a doctor's prescription," he says.

Immunotherapies (also known as allergy shots) have also improved to combat severe allergy symptoms, Dr. Hark notes.

For additional fighting power against allergies, Dr. Hark recommends taking frequent showers and wearing masks.

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