There are some alternative treatments for skin allergies, although their effectiveness hasn't been confirmed by doctors. Certain herbal supplements may help strengthen the immune system, making a skin allergy reaction less likely. Aromatherapy may help some symptoms, although the essential oils used in aromatherapy may actually be a trigger for some skin allergies. The most common alternative to taking medications is probably "avoidance treatment." Avoiding potential allergens by maintaining low-protein or dairy-free diets, wearing gloves or other protective clothing to work, and using natural or organic cosmetic products may help prevent skin allergy reactions.
Treatment options for skin allergies may vary depending on how severe the allergy and its symptoms are. Most importantly, the trigger of the reaction, such as nickel or specific cosmetic products, should be identified so the person can avoid that substance to prevent future allergic reactions. To treat symptoms like rashes or hives, cool cloths or compresses can be applied to the affected area, and for more severe reactions, a lukewarm oatmeal bath might help relieve itchiness. It's best to avoid topical antihistamines, since this can just further irritate the skin. Instead, topical creams that contain corticosteroids should be used. More severe cases might require corticosteroids, antihistamines, or other medications to be taken by mouth for a few weeks after the reaction happens.
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Immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient. Exposure to these small doses increases the immunity, or tolerance, to the allergen and reduces the allergic symptoms. Unlike injection immunotherapy, sublingual immunotherapy is given as drops under the tongue. The process for sublingual immunotherapy is:
- Your doctor confirms the allergies through allergy testing
- Your doctor prepares a custom-mixed vial of drops
- You take the drops under the tongue daily
- During the first four months, called the "escalation phase," your dosage is gradually increased. After that, in the "maintenance phase," you take the same dose of drops each day.
It is recommended that you continue to take the drops for three to five years, so that the body is able to build up a lasting immunity.
Sublingual immunotherapy is safe for both adults and children. It is also more convenient than weekly injections, as patients are able to take the drops in their own homes, instead of going to the doctor's office every week. In addition, when compared with the cost of shots, sublingual immunotherapy may be a more economical choice.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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Sublingual immunotherapy, a method for treating allergies, can be given via injections or oral drops. The advantages to the drops are:
- Convenience - patients can take the drops on their own, from home, rather than go to the doctor's office every week for injections
- Cost - when compared with the cost of allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy may be a more economical choice
- Safe and effective - sublingual immunotherapy is safe for adults and children, and scientific studies have shown that it significantly reduces allergy symptoms.
If you decide to eat honey daily, it is best to use a local honey. That honey is usually produced within a few miles of where you live and there is a good chance that the varieties of flowering grasses and plants that give you trouble are the same kinds the bees are including in the honey they produce.
After all, if you live in Georgia, it would not do you much good to eat honey with spores from a type of grass that thrives in Michigan.
Because honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores as the ones that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when grasses and flowers are in bloom, the idea is to introduce the spores into the body in small amounts while eating honey. This, theoretically, should make the body accustomed to their presence and make it less likely for the body's immune system to release histamine.
Because the concentration of spores found in honey is much lower than sniffing a flower, the production of the antibodies should not trigger symptoms that are similar to an allergic reaction.
There are no peer-reviewed scientific studies to prove whether honey reduces allergies, but there is substantial anecdotal evidence to suggest that it can help.
Without scientific evidence, there are only theories about why honey may be able to reduce allergies. The prevailing theory is that honey works like a vaccination. A vaccine introduces a dummy version of a particular germ or virus into the body, effectively tricking it into believing it has been invaded, which triggers a response from the immune system.
When that happens, antibodies are produced which fights off the foreign invaders. Then, when the body is exposed to the harmful virus or germ, the antibodies are ready.
By eating honey, the body is gradually "vaccinated" against allergens in a process known as immunotherapy.
4 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe three basic ways to treat allergies are medication, allergy shots (also called immunotherapy), and avoidance.
I recommend avoidance for allergens you know. Regularly taking medications or having allergy shots can help you with common and non-life threatening allergies, such as an allergy to pollen (causing hay fever) or cat dander. If you have a serous allergy that triggers a dangerous respiratory reaction (or anaphylactic reaction), you should carry an "epi pen" to inject yourself with epinephrine to help open your airways enough so you can get to a hospital for treatment.
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1 AnswerJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answeredNAET is an acupressure (no needles needed) technique for determining and eliminating allergies. It uses muscle testing to see if you go weak when holding an allergen and then can eliminate an allergy in just 20 minutes by stimulating certain acupuncture points. There are over 12,000 NAET practitioners worldwide. Most people have multiple allergies, so expect to need a course of about 25 sessions. Most people will feel better in just 10 treatments.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.