Medication, Allergen Avoidance, Immunotherapy
Below are three methods your allergist may suggest depending on the severity of your personal allergies:
MEDICATION: The use of prescription or over the counter drugs (i.e. nasal sprays, tablets, etc.) to alleviate your allergy symptoms. These medications do not eliminate the allergy; however, they do ease the severity of your symptoms.
IMMUNOTHERAPY (ALLERGY INJECTIONS):
This method involves inserting the physical material that you are allergic to by injection in varied doses to build immunity against them. Your allergist will begin this method by injecting a small amount first, and gradually building over time to larger doses. This will cause you to become less and less sensitive to the substances in which you are allergic.
ALLERGEN AVOIDANCE: Obliterating or lessening your exposure to the material(s) that cause your allergies to act up will also lessen your typical allergy aggravation and allows you to avoid having to ingest potentially harmful medications.
HERE ARE SOME BASIC GUIDELINES FOR THE THIRD METHOD, ALLERGEN AVOIDANCE:
- Your initial visit to your allergist will determine the particular materials you are allergic to. At this point, you need to avoid exposure to these allergens to reduce the severity of your reaction. Avoiding the allergen itself is the most basic step in decreasing the annoyance of your everyday allergies. The effectiveness of this method depends on the substances to which you are allergic and the intensity of your allergy. Although this method may be enough alone, it may also require you to use additional solutions if your allergies are that severe.
- Should you be allergic to more than one substance, the exposure to all the allergens at the same time may or may not be too much for your body to cope with at any given time. It is important to keep in mind that we each have our own threshold. When your allergic reaction surpasses your personal threshold, it may become unbearable to deal with and medication along with avoidance may be the best solution to alleviate your symptoms as quickly as possible.
- Allergen avoidance isnít eliminating the allergy altogether, however it does help control the allergy, keep your reaction below your personal threshold, and therefore making the allergy itself more manageable.
For your convenience, we have provided the following information to explain how you can reduce your contact with specific allergens such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and mold.
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