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Although there is really no cure for allergies, with new techniques and medications, it is possible to live without experiencing the troubling symptoms associated with them. Many people have only mild allergies and may choose to live with them or just treat them with over the counter medications. There are however patients who are miserable from their allergies. For anyone whos allergies are more than just an annoyance we recommend that you are allergy tested.
Medications and Treatment
Avoidance - The best way to decrease your allergy symptoms is through lifestyle changes aimed at avoiding the substances you are allergic to. We recognize that this is easier said than done but, with new tools and products we can help you make avoidance a simpler than it used to be.
Nasal Irrigation - Using an over the counter saline spray or irrigation system regularly will cleanse and moisten the sinuses.
Antihistamines - Act by blocking the release of histaine, a chemical produced by the body that triggers an inflammatory reaction that can produce swelling of the nose, congestion, itching, sneezing, and a runny nose. They are available as either a prescription pill or nasal spray or over the counter either as a pill.
Nasal Steriod Sprays - Reduce the inflammatory reponse and are the preferred treatment for mild allergies. They are very effective at reducing nasal congestions and irritation.
Leukotriene Blockers - Leukotriene blockers reduce mucosal inflammation. They are usually used in combination with some of the other treatments listed on this page.
Decongestants - Available as either a nasal spray or pill. We do not recommend nasal decongestant sprays as they are addicting and have a high potential for rebound congestion if used for more than 3 days. The only oral decongestant available is pseudophedrine. It acts by reducing blood flow and therefore shrinking the membranes in your nose. Pseudophedrine is a stimulant and there are several drawbacks to its use such as elevated blood pressure, jitteriness, anxiousness, and poor sleep.
Immunotherapy - Also known as desensitization, is when you are given a very tiny amount of the substance (allergen) you are allergic to, enough to stimulate your immune system but not so much as to cause a full-blown allergic reaction. Over time, your immune system will build up a tolerance to the allergen, and allergy symptoms will diminish.