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There may be no real cure for allergic reactions but, nevertheless, a vast array of medicines both over-the-counter and prescription, are available to address irritating and uncomfortable symptoms such as congestion, headache and runny nose. Some of the most popular of these medicines are corticosteroids, combination medications, antihistamines and decongestants among many others. Other treatment procedures for allergic reactions can include allergy shots that boost the body’s ability to fight the allergens.

Mass Cells Inhibitor – The primary role of a mass cells inhibitor drug is to block the release of histamine and other chemicals that can cause allergic reactions from mast cells when a person is exposed to allergens like pollen. When utilized, frequent dosing is necessary since the effects of this drug does not last long (lasting only around 8 hours). This type of drug is available in nasal spray form or in eye drops to ward off runny nose and treat itchy eyes respectively.

Leukotriene Inhibitors – These drugs are designed to hinder substances/allergens from causing inflammation and swelling in the person.

Anti-allergy Eye Drops – Anti-allergy/antihistamine eye drops are designed to address symptoms like watery or itchy eyes. Some anti-allergy drops are reinforced with other anti-inflammatory agents to further relieve irritation and puffiness. Nonprescription eye drops are also available that give substantial relief to hay fever and allergies. These drops need to be used with care since they can cause temporary stinging when used. You may need to talk with your doctor if the irritation does not improve. Also people using soft-contact lenses need to wait for about 10 minutes after they have applied the eye drops before wearing their contact lenses.

Steroid Nasal Sprays – Steroid nasal sprays are useful in reducing inflammation inside the nasal passages thus lessening the other symptoms of nasal allergies. Sometimes, however, certain steroid nasal sprays can cause sore throat or nose bleeding.

Anticholinergic Nasal Allergy Spray – This type of spray is used in the nostrils to help minimize secretions from the glands that are blocking the nasal passage helping lesson runny nose symptoms in the process. This spray is contraindicated for individuals who are allergic to any ingredients used in this spray. This spray is applied about twice or thrice a day.  It can cause few side effects and does not negatively react or interfere with other drugs.

Decongestants – Decongestants helps remove nasal congestion. They also cause blood vessels to constrict leading to reduced blood circulation into the nasal passage. These drugs should obviously not be given to individuals who are allergic to chemical ingredients in these drugs.

Antihistamine – These medicines are offered in liquid, chewable tablet, capsule and tablet forms. The dosage that should be taken for antihistamine medication depends on the type of preparation that is given and the individual’s characteristics. As antihistamines can make a person drowsy, so therefore, you should not perform any activity that needs mental concentration when you take these types of drugs.

Natural Allergy Relief – These include herbal supplements that give relief to allergic reactions. Tonic derived from goldenseal herb and freeze-dried nettles are very helpful forms of these remedies.  One can also use saline nasal spray that helps wash away pollen and rid of excess mucus. Some doctors also recommend taking some nutrients that can relieve seasonal allergic reactions. These can include a flavonoid known as quercetin and grape seed extract.

Allergy Shots – Also called by its lesser known name, immunotherapy allergy shots are given to individuals suffering from allergies so as to enhance their tolerance to allergens. They are usually given to those who have been suffering from serious allergies or for people who have been experiencing allergic reactions for more than 3 months in one year.  It is important to note that these shots never are designed to cure allergies; they instead only reduce the person’s sensitivity to some of his allergens. Allergy shots should be given on a regular basis and during the course of time the doses need to be increased as well. If you experience tightness of the throat or shortness of breath after being given an allergy shot, you need then to see your doctor.

Ridding of Allergens By Yourself – One of the best ways to prevent allergic reactions is to identify the substances that cause the attacks. A person with asthma who is allergic to dust, for example, needs to rid his home and surroundings from the elements. If strong perfumes give you allergic reactions you then need to remove these perfumes in your home. This way is quite commonsensical, inexpensive and the most effective for individuals suffering from allergy and they need to give it a try.

Allergy Fighting Foods – Certain studies have shown that consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids substantially reduces symptoms of allergy to individuals who do not usually eat foods that are high omega 3.  Omega-3 fatty acids is very good in treating inflammation, you can find high amounts of these types of fatty acids in eggs, animals that have been grass-fed, walnuts, flaxseed oil and cold-water fish.

Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) states that allergies are caused by weakness of the righteous (zhen qi) and protective energy of the body (wei qi) and a combination of a collection of internal damp in the body brought about by digestive weakness and/or poor diet choices. Lifestyle and congenital factors are also responsible for these weaknesses. These weaknesses indicate deficiencies in body systems such as the kidneys, spleen, liver, and/or lung. Allergy treatment is unique per person because the precise patterns of disharmony that cause a specific allergy are different for each individual. Proper diagnosis of allergy is the basis for getting the most effective TCM treatment and acupuncture. Individualized treatments that consider the patient’s unique constitution are important to gain the best results. Certain Chinese herbs, acupuncture and a comprehensive diagnosis are used to strengthen the organ systems and return the patient to normal and good health.

Bhakti Acupuncture
7550 France Ave S #220
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: (952) 230-0754

Written by Valerie

October 27th, 2013 at 3:43 am

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