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Allergy Treatment

Allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance

Overview

Overview

Allergy is your body’s reaction to a substance that it views as a harmful invader. It can be something you eat, inhale in your lungs, inject into your body, touch or smell.

Allergy symptoms range from mild coughing, sneezing, hives, rashes, itchy eye, runny nose, scratchy throat to life-threatening symptoms such as decreased blood pressure, breathing problem and asthma attack.

The treatment options for allergy include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids, asthma medicines and immunotherapy, etc.

Symptoms

Symptoms

Allergy reactions happen quickly within a few minutes of exposure to the allergen. The most common symptoms of allergy include:-

Allergic reactions are mild in most cases. However, sometimes, a severe reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can also occur.

The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:-

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

To confirm whether you have an allergy, the doctor is most likely to ask detailed questions about the signs and symptoms that you have and perform a physical exam.

If you have a food allergy, the doctor asks you to keep a detailed diary of the foods you eat and if you have stopped eating the suspected food during the allergy evaluation.

The doctor may also recommend one or both of the following tests. However, do keep in mind that the results of the test can falsely be positive or negative.

Treatment

Treatment

With proper and timely treatment, the symptoms of allergy can be controlled easily and quickly. The treatment of allergy mainly includes medications and immunotherapy. 

Medications

Below is a shortlist of medicines that you can take after consulting a doctor:-

Immunotherapy

The doctor recommends allergen immunotherapy for allergies that are not completely relieved by other treatment options. This treatment involves a series of injections of purified allergen extracts, which are given over a period of a few years.

Immunotherapy also comes in the form of a tablet that you need to place under the tongue until it dissolves. The doctor may also use sublingual drugs to treat some pollen allergies as well.

FAQs
FAQs

To treat allergies naturally, you can use the following:-

  • Air filter
  • Butterbur
  • Bromelain
  • Acupuncture
  • Probiotics
  • Saline nasal irrigation
  • Spirulina
  • Stinging nettle
  • Quercetin
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Air conditioner and dehumidifiers

Apart from all these, you can also add honey and foods rich in Vitamin C to your diet.

No. Allergies can’t be cured completely. However, symptoms can be controlled using a combination of treatment options.

Yes. Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of allergies.

Yes. Vitamin C protects your cells from damage, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps your body fight infections. These are the reasons the doctor recommends adding foods rich in Vitamin C to your diet.