There are several different therapies used to treat allergies. Avoiding the allergen is always best for prevention of allergies but is not always possible and does not necessarily stop the allergic reaction once it starts. Medications are available that can help prevent allergic reactions and treat minor symptoms. Other medications exist for more serious allergic or anaphylactic reactions. Immunotherapy is another preventative method of allergy treatment and is often administered through injections or sublingual drops.
Many medications for allergy treatment are now available for our Dayton allergy patients without a prescription in adult and child formulations. These can help prevent and treat symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis and some skin reactions. Symptoms treated include runny nose, coughing, itchy, watery eyes, hives and sneezing. Medications exist as pills, liquids, topical creams or ointments and nasal sprays. Sinus rinses are also helpful in treating and preventing allergies and can be purchased without a prescription. For more severe reactions, prescription steroids or a medication called epinephrine may be necessary to control swelling that can make breathing and swallowing difficult. Some patients who suffer from asthma and allergies may have a flare up of their asthma when they are exposed to an allergen.
When allergies become unavoidable, life threatening or just interfere with daily living on a constant basis, many people turn to immunotherapy for treatment of their allergies. By administering small doses of the allergen through shots or sublingual drops and gradually increasing the dose over time, immunotherapy attempts to desensitize the body’s immune system to these “offending agents”. Immunotherapy is given on a regular basis for months or even years in order to desensitize the system and hopefully prevent allergic reactions long-term, without the need for avoidance or daily medication. Since immunotherapy involves contact with the allergen and since allergic reactions can sometimes be unpredictable and serious, immunotherapy is done under the supervision of a trained medical professional. Sublingual administration typically holds less risk of a serious reaction but management of allergic reactions must be firmly grasped and understood in order to administer the drops at home.
If you suffer from persistent allergies in the Dayton area, no matter how simple or severe, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today. Stop suffering from allergies and let us help you find the relief to your allergy symptoms you desperately need.