Allergies Treatments

Allergies Treatments

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    A , Emergency Medicine, answered
    Side effects may include redness, warmth, or swelling at the injection site. These are common. Less than 1% of people have a more severe, systemic reaction. This may include a drop in blood pressure, sudden closure of airways in the lungs (bronchospasm), or a life-threatening allergic reaction. Any severe reaction will almost always occur within 30 minutes after an injection. Your doctor will ask you to wait 30 minutes before leaving the clinic. 

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    A , Allergy & Immunology, answered
    The latest wrinkle in treating allergies is called sublingual immunotherapy, which goes by the somewhat creepy acronym SLIT. Sublingual means "under the tongue." SLIT is used more often in Europe than it is in the U.S., which we suspect may be due in part to the fact that the acronym doesn't have the same connotations that it does here. Regardless, we still have a long regulatory road ahead before it gains the same level of use here as across the Atlantic. Efficacy for more than the current limited number of allergens will also have to be proven before we use it more widely.

    The idea of sublingual immunotherapy is attractive, especially for pediatric allergists. We would have to give fewer of those painful shots. There's also the fact that it could be taken at home, which would save the health care system money.
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    The first step to working with your doctor is to be sure he or she has all the information needed to treat your allergies effectively. Use these seven strategies before, during and after all your doctor visits:

    • Keep a detailed journal of your symptoms and share the information with your doctor.
    • Prepare a written list of questions before each doctor’s appointment.
    • Learn everything you can about the different kinds of allergy medications and their side effects, including antihistamines, decongestants, saline drops and corticosteroid nasal sprays.
    • Tell your doctor which medications you currently take (and have taken in the past) and how well they work. Report any side effects, and include in your discussion the doses and time of day you take your meds.
    • Be honest if you're inconsistent about taking your meds, or if you frequently switch from one allergy medication to another. Ask your doctor how long you should stick to a particular treatment before deciding it is -- or isn't -- working for you.
    • Ask about other treatments, such as immunotherapy (allergy shots), trigger-avoidance strategies, alternative therapies and self-care techniques.
    • Also ask whether you need allergy testing (or retesting) to more accurately pinpoint your triggers and to help your doctor determine the appropriate medication.

    Once your doctor tailors a new regimen for you, follow it to the letter and maintain your symptom diary. If after a time the new plan isn't working, ask your doctor to adjust it again. It may take a bit of trial and error before you find the right combination of medication, self-care and trigger-avoidance strategies to fully relieve your allergy symptoms.







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    If you see someone having an allergic reaction:

    •  Do not pick up animals that can bite or sting.
    •  Do not rub or squeeze irritated area.
    •  Do not apply a tourniquet.
    •  Do not squeeze out a stinger.
    •  Do not harass or tease any animals.
    •  Do not elevate body part that has been bitten or stung.
    •  Do not stop person from taking own medication for allergic reaction.
    •  Do not give the victim anything by mouth other than their allergy medication.
    •  Do not make a victim vomit after eating food that he or she is allergic to.
    •  If reaction is severe, get medical help immediately.
    •  Identify the allergen.
    •  Help the victim administer own medication for allergic reaction.
    •  Monitor for responsiveness and breathing.
    •  Monitor and treat for shock if present.
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    A , Allergy & Immunology, answered
    The effectiveness of allergy treatment, like the management of any other chronic disease, rises and falls with the patient's adherence to a routine. Immunotherapy is no different than any other kind of regimen in this respect, which is a shame since it is the only therapy that offers relief from routine. That is, it changes the body in ways that make it easier to live a regular life -- by eating more foods, taking part in more activities, and enjoying different environments without constantly worrying about allergies and taking medications.

    There is no denying, however, that some people find the weekly or monthly routine of dropping around to the doctor for a shot intolerable.

    We have done all we could: We have combined the sera for multiple allergies into a single shot. We have reduced the frequency from weekly to monthly, where possible. We prepare months of treatments in advance and provide them to patients' primary care physicians if it's more convenient to go to the general practitioner (GP) or pediatrician than to come to our offices. Yet, even that is too much for some.
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    What is oral immunotherapy?
    Oral immunotherapy involves eating small amounts of the allergic food and building up a tolerance to it over time. Jessica Savage, MD, Clinical & Laboratory Immunologist at Brigham and Women's hospital explains this breakthrough allergy treatment.
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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.
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    A , Dermatology, answered
    To treat allergic skin, look for petrolatum, glycerin, sodium PCA, sodium hyaluronate, and urea in the skin care products used.
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    Allergy tablets and allergy shots are equally effective in controlling allergy symptoms, and both provide improvement that lasts even after you stop taking them. Both tablets and injections reduce your sensitivity only to the specific allergens they contain. 

    This answer was adapted from Sharecare's award-winning AskMD app. Start a consultation now to find out what's causing your symptoms, learn how to manage a condition, or find a doctor.
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    Currently, there is no cure for skin allergies or for any other type of allergies. However, there are very effective treatments that can control and reduce skin allergy symptoms. Helpful treatments include topical medications that can be applied directly to the affected area, and oral medications that work through the blood stream. Through a combination of avoiding any known allergy triggers and using the right medications if symptoms do happen, people with skin allergies can usually live relatively normal, symptom-free lives.