How are allergies treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The best treatment for allergies is avoiding the allergen-which helps prevent the allergies as well. Minor symptoms can usually be treated by antihistamines. Mast cell stabilizers and corticosteroids may be used if symptoms persist. In severe allergy cases, you should seek emergency medical treatment immediately. If you have a severe allergy, you should always carry an epinephrine syringe for immediate treatment, and you should follow up with a visit to the hospital for monitoring.

Want better allergy relief? If so, take good care of yourself. Living a healthy lifestyle makes a big difference. It's as important as getting tested, avoiding your triggers and taking your prescribed medication. That's because bad habits, stress and poor sleep not only aggravate allergy symptoms—they also make them much harder to cope with.

Try these five steps to boost your health so you can fend off allergy symptoms:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Can the right diet cure your allergies? No. But it can help soothe your symptoms. Load your plate with inflammation quenchers, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and fish. At the same time, cut back on foods that aggravate allergy-causing inflammation, including refined grains, red and cured meats, alcohol and foods high in saturated fat and sugar.
  • Exercise. Will regular exercise improve your allergy symptoms? It may not help directly, but it can help you cope with them. Exercise improves your sleep, overall health, immunity, fitness and energy levels. It also increases the production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, to help ease allergy-induced stress. Ask your doctor about exercises that are safe for allergies and asthma.
  • Kick bad habits. You'll have an easier time taming nasal allergy symptoms if you don't smoke and you avoid inflammation-inducing junk food and cut back on the mai tais.
  • Get more sleep. Allergy symptoms can steal your sleep, adding to the daytime fatigue and misery brought on by a stuffy nose, constant sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Ease nighttime symptoms with dust-proof pillow and mattress covers, a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom and a hot shower before bed.
  • Reduce stress. Allergies can dial up stress fast, so carve out time for a daily round of meditation, positive visualization, yoga, tai chi or even a weekly massage. These remedies won't cure your allergies, but they'll dampen the stress that comes with them.

Continue Learning about Allergies Treatments

what are allergy tablets ?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Allergy tablets are a form of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy tells your immune system to make you less...
More Answers
what are the side effects of allergy tablets ?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Side effects may include headache, sneezing, and coughing. It may also include itching of the mouth,...
More Answers
are there alternative treatments for allergies ?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
One of the best treatments for allergies is to avoid the allergen, if possible. Alternative therapie...
More Answers
how effective are allergy tablets ?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Allergy tablets and allergy shots are equally effective in controlling allergy symptoms, and both pr...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.