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How do medications treat allergies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Antihistamines treat allergy symptoms by blocking the effects of histamine, whereas mast cell stabilizers actually reduce the production of histamine. Corticosteroids minimize inflammation, reducing the red, itchy symptoms of allergies. These medications don't actually treat the allergies-rather, they treat the symptoms.

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