How are allergies treated?

If you are suffering from allergies, the first thing you should do is talk to your doctor. Most likely, you will be prescribed a combination of medicines that will control your allergy symptoms. Nasal sprays, antihistamines, eye drops, and decongestants work together to relieve symptoms like swelling, itching, runny nose, and congestion.

There are also over-the-counter options for treatment, depending on the severity of your allergies. They can be very effective and a less expensive option for many patients. Side effects may include drowsiness or anxiety.

When treating your allergies, there are a few safety precautions you should consider. Never drink alcohol or take tranquilizers while on antihistamines. If you have glaucoma, thyroid, heart, or prostate problems, check with one of our Pharmacist before taking over-the-counter drugs or medicine preparations. If you’re breast feeding or taking certain medicines to treat depression, consult your pharmacist first. Also, it is possible to become dependent on nasal sprays, so be careful when you use them to reduce symptoms.

If your symptoms are year-round or you don’t respond to other medications, you may be a good candidate for an allergy shot. An allergy shot is a long-lasting solution with a success rate of 70 to 90 percent. It consists of a series of shots containing small, purified doses of your allergy trigger. This dose is gradually increased over time until your body is eventually immune to the allergen. Downsides of allergy shots include weekly visits to the doctor for two to six months and possible allergic reactions. You can see there are many considerations when treating your allergies. If you have any questions, talk to your one of our pharmacist. Were here to help.

How do I deal with outdoor allergies?

If you’re someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, you’re probably afraid to face the outdoors in the spring when pollen is in full force. Fortunately there are things you can do to help prevent your allergies from flaring up.

First, knowing what environments trigger your allergies will help you properly treat them. Also, be aware of when pollen is most dense in the air. This tends to be between 5 and 10 a.m. It’s a good idea to coordinate outdoor activity around when pollen counts are lowest, which is typically later in the day. It’s easy to find pollen and mold reports for your area; just visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology online for a localized report at www.aaai.org.

Second, you can protect yourself when you go outdoors. For example, you can use a surgical mask or a scarf around your face to keep the allergens out. That way you can still enjoy the outdoors without developing any allergic reactions later. Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from floating pollen. Probably the easiest thing to do is wash your hands, clothes, and hair after you’ve been outside. Pollen can linger, causing an allergic reaction.

Take these tips so you can continue to enjoy the outdoors, even when pollen is at its peak.