Allergy treatment


All about allergy and allergy treatment

Prevention is the best cure for allergies. Avoidance is always the best treatment for allergies regardless of which allergens are the triggers. Try to avoid any triggers that can cause an allergy reaction in your body. Sometimes avoidance isn’t enough and medications are needed. Medication selection should be based on the symptoms the individual is experiencing. The most effective way to treat allergic reactions is by taking medication, but you definitely must take into consideration all the side effects such medication can cause.

Depending on the type of allergy that you have, there are different types of allergy medicine that you may want to take.

Allergy treatments

For some who don’t obtain relief from other medications, or who have more numerous or serious allergies, allergy shots are recommended. The shot has medicines that will counteract the allergies that you have so that if you come into contact with any of those allergens, you will not have an allergic reaction. The shot, when administered after you come into contact with an allergen, will be full of steroids that will almost immediately take effect in trying to get you allergen free and healthy. The steroids will boost your system and help to fight off any allergens that your body is reacting negatively to.

There are several types of pills that you can take to overcome allergies.

Allergy medicine is easy to find but is often expensive and can be a hassle if you are not accustomed to taking daily doses of allergy medicines.

For allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery/itchy eyes, or sneezing that occur infrequently, most individuals can be treated successfully with an oral non-sedating antihistamine such as loratadine (Claritin), desloratadine (Clarinex), fexofenadine (Allegra), or cetirizine (Zyrtec) or an antihistamine nasal spray such as azelastine (Astelin).

Immunotherapy

Hyposensitization is a form of immunotherapy where the patient is gradually vaccinated against progressively larger doses of the allergen in question. This can either reduce the severity or eliminate hypersensitivity. It relies on the progressive skewing of IgG (”the blocking antibody”) production, as opposed to the excessive IgE production seen in hypersensitivity type I cases.

Enzyme potentiated desensitization or EPD uses much lower doses of antigens than conventional treatment, with the addition of an enzyme. EPD is available in the United Kingdom and Canada and was available in the United States until 2001 when the Food and Drug Administration revoked its approval for an investigative study being performed.

The third form of immunotherapy involves the intravenous injection of monoclonal anti-IgE antibodies. These bind to free and B-cell IgE signalling such sources for destruction. They do not bind to IgE already bound to the Fc receptor on basophils and mast cells as this would stimulate the allergic inflammatory response.

Homoeopathy

It is an alternative and natural approach to medicine and health. In alternative medicine, several treatment modalities are considered effective by its practitioners in the treatment of allergies, particularly herbal medicine, homoeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and kinesiology.

Some seek a gentler and more natural way to allergy relief with the use of vitamins, supplements and herbs. Believers see this natural path to allergy treatment as actually strengthening the body. Vitamins C, B5 A, B12, E and Omega 3 can be taken to help reduce allergy symptoms.

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