Every year, over 50 million Americans experience allergies of some sort. If you’re lucky, it’s a one-off thing or it never ever happens in your lifetime. But for others, allergies are something they have to deal with constantly.
If you’re one of the unlucky ones, then you might’ve been going out of your mind, trying to find ways to alleviate allergy symptoms.
But not all hope’s lost. In this article, we’ll discuss 4 methods for treating allergies you should try.
1. Avoid Allergens if Possible
The best allergy treatment is to avoid triggering symptoms in the first place. The steps you take here will depend on what exactly you’re allergic to.
For example, if you’re allergic to pet dander, you might want to consider rehoming your pets. Or if you’re allergic to tree pollen, check the pollen forecast before planning an outing so you won’t have to suffer.
Of course, this is easier said than done. There’s a good chance you’ll have to try one of the other methods on this list to get relief.
2. Take Medications
There are quite a few products on the market that can help with treating allergies. The main one you should get is antihistamines, which come in many different forms. While many people take the capsule and tablet forms, you can also get nasal sprays, creams, and eye drops.
If your nose gets blocked up from allergies, you can also get decongestants to alleviate this symptom. However, this is only a short-term solution since you shouldn’t be using these for more than a week at a time. Otherwise, it’ll worsen your symptoms.
When you’re off of decongestants, you can use nasal saline sprays to relieve congestion.
3. Bring Emergency Epinephrine Shots
This is for people who have very severe allergies and can die from them. Should you be exposed to allergens and suffer potentially fatal symptoms, either you or someone close by can use the emergency epinephrine shot to keep you alive while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
4. Try Sublingual Immunotherapy
There are 2 types of immunotherapy: injection and sublingual. Injection immunotherapy is where you’re slowly exposed to small doses of allergens over a period of time (usually a few years) by means of injections. This trains your body to tolerate the allergen and build immunity to it as a result.
Sublingual immunotherapy is very similar to injection immunotherapy. However, instead of injections, you receive drops under your tongue (hence the “sublingual” part of the name). If you’re interested in hearing more, this blog post explains it in detail.
Good Luck With Treating Allergies
Treating allergies can be hit or miss for some people. But with this list, you have a great place to start.
If all else fails, you should discuss your symptoms and allergy treatments you’ve tried with your doctor. With this information, they can hopefully come up with other allergy treatment methods that can help you find some relief.
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