In addition to avoidance, allergies can be successfully treated with medication. This may include a combination of antihistamines, decongestants, antihistamine nasal sprays and eye drops, nasal steroid sprays, anticholinergic sprays, and leukotrienes. I typically start my allergy patients with an inhaled nasal corticosteroid,
an oral second-generation antihistamine, or both.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you need to begin medical therapy before the anticipated appearance of allergens and continue during the time of likely exposure. For example, if you are allergic to tree pollen and grasses, this would mean starting your medication before the appearance of tree pollen in the spring and continuing through the peak of the grass-pollen season in May and June.
Between 40 and 45 million Americans - about 15-20 percent of the population - have some type of allergy, most of which surface during infancy or childhood. The allergic march is a
Airborne irritants are found in pollution. Although it has been known for some time, the latest research shows the dramatic effects pollution can have on the body. For example, car
Perennial and seasonal allergies can affect not only your sinuses but your digestive system as well. The symptoms of GERD are not truly allergic but they can be related to a direct
Another category of allergies is allergic reactions to specific foods. Allergies to food can cause skin reactions like hives and eczema. As well, the food allergens can cause swoll
All of the medications listed earlier are meant to control allergy symptoms. Allergy desensitization (immunotherapy) via allergy shot administration is a safe and highly effective
Researchers are currently developing a new approach to allergies, using medication that is currently used for asthma patients. This is the administration of a humanized monoclonal