Allergy treatment options
Allergies can be frustrating – not only as they bring irritating symptoms, but also because they can impact activities you love. For example, animal lovers who are allergic to pets may need to avoid them altogether, and outdoor enthusiasts may need to stay inside when there’s a high pollen count. But there are ways to limit your exposure and ease symptoms.
Choosing the right treatment for your allergy depends on several factors – including the type of allergen and your symptoms.
Limiting your exposure to your allergy triggers is an important step in treating allergies successfully. Get rid of mould, set up pet-free areas in the home, stay indoors when there is a lot of pollen in the air, reduce the number of dust mites in the house.
Keep your allergy treatments handy. Depending on the allergy symptoms you may be experiencing, some of the treatment options you may talk to your pharmacist or doctor about are:
- Intranasal corticosteroids – Nasal sprays that can reduce the inflammation that cause uncomfortable allergic rhinitis symptoms. These medications can also help to prevent symptoms before they start.
- Antihistamines – Relieve symptoms of sneezing, itching and runny nose by blocking the effects of histamine in your body (the substance your body releases when you encounter an allergen).
- Nasal decongestants –Medicines that reduces swollen nasal tissues to relieve symptoms of congestion.These medicines should be used for short term relief only.
- Intranasal Saline - Saline nasal sprays or washes can help to clear allergens and mucus from the nasal passages to help reduce allergy symptoms.
If you’re experiencing any allergy symptoms, speak to your healthcare professional for an allergy test and treatment plan. Some allergies can be serious and get worse over time, so it’s important to monitor your symptoms and check if your treatments are helping.
The materials on this site have been prepared for general information purposes only. They are not intended to be relied on as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your healthcare professional for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.