Treatment for Allergies

Treating the many different types of allergies that affect our everyday lives does not have to be a daunting process. If you suffer from what you suspect is an allergy, try and use a simple process of elimination to narrow down the list of possibilities. In some instances this should be relatively easy, especially if an allergic response occurs immediately after a particular event such as eating a particular food or being stung by a bee. In other situations pinpointing the allergen responsible for the immune reaction can be a little more of a lengthy process. However, once the offending allergen has been identified, there are various treatments available to help alleviate symptoms.

Antihistamines for Treating an Allergy

Antihistamines can be used to block the initial release of histamines. It is the release of histamines that cause the allergic response to begin.

Decongestants for Treating an Allergy

Decongestants can help relieve the pressure felt on the sinuses and reduce the liquid that seeps out of the eyes and nose.

When used together, antihistamines and decongestants are an effective way of subduing the symptoms of such allergies as hay fever, dander and dust allergies and even some food and topical allergies. Combinations of the two can be found in tablet form and nasal sprays, and can also include steroids.

Homeopathic Remedies for Treating an Allergy

Homeopathic remedies can also sometimes offer relief in the form of various herbs or plants. In some instances they can be applied in a desensitising manor. For example, eating natural bee honey can help decrease sensitivity to the various pollens that bees collect and which ultimately influence the flavour of the honey.

Eye Drops for Treating an Allergy

Eye Drops are very helpful in alleviating hay fever symptoms associated with runny eyes and nose.

Mast Cell Inhibitors for Treating an Allergy

Mast cell inhibitors can be used in order to block certain cellular reactions in the mast cells that will lead to the prevention of histamine release, thus blocking the immune response and the symptoms of hay fever. Mast cell inhibitors can be used nasally, orally, topically or as eye drops. For some asthma sufferers who also suffer from hay fever, an inhaler can be used to help alleviate symptoms.

Immunotherapy for Treating an Allergy

Immunotherapy is a very useful way to allow the immune system to become desensitised to allergens. A treatment schedule can be arranged with your doctor whereby a series of injections containing increasing amounts of allergen are given over a set period of time. As each injection happens, the immune system becomes less and less sensitive to the proteins that are responsible for causing the allergy. Ultimately, the allergic response should either cease altogether or become a very minor reaction.

As with most things, reactions to different allergens will range from mild to severe. A lot depends on a particular person’s sensitivity and level of exposure to the wide range of triggers that set off an immune response.

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