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Allergy Treatment 101: Preparing Yourself for Seasonal Changes

Marc Kaplan


Over 56% of Americans suffer from allergies. Our bodies primary job is to keep us healthy and protect us. Sometimes it takes the job a little too seriously and begins to find threats even when threats aren't present, this is when allergies occur. Fortunately, with the right allergy treatment, you don't need to suffer. 

Often allergies arise around the same type of allergens such as mold, pollen or animal fur. Being aware of the specific cause of your allergy is the first step towards finding relief.

How to Avoid Allergies

 There are a number of pharmaceutical and holistic options for treating allergies. In addition to medicinal treatments, there are prevention measures that can be taken.

Through simple actions like tracking your allergies in a diary, wearing a medical alert bracelet, and trying to keep a distance from your allergens, you can greatly reduce the numbers of allergy attacks that occur. 

Finding the Right Allergy Treatment

There are a number of treatment options that vary by allergy type and severity. Some over the counter treatments come in the form of nasal sprays or pills. A doctor may write you a prescription for stronger allergy medications in the vent of more severe allergies.

Steroid Nasal Sprays

Steroid nasal sprays are an ideal option for fast relief. Unlike most pill or liquid medications, nasal sprays take action right away by clearing any traces of the allergen within the nasal passageways.

However, some people find the sensation of spraying into their nose difficult to handle, so it may depend on your tolerance.

Oral Antihistamines

Oral antihistamines are intended for those with allergies that are less threatening to their health, with minor to mid-range symptoms. Oral antihistamines can be found in most pharmacies and after a waiting period of about half an hour to an hour, you can receive roughly 12-24 hours of relief.

Antileukotrienes 

Antihistamines are typically reserved for harsher allergy symptoms, and often requires a prescription for stronger medications. Antihistamines work by serving as a histamine block, helping to relieve harsh allergy symptoms as histamine is a trigger for allergy-related swelling.  

Corticosteroid creams or ointments

Some allergens don't take the form of the sneezing and congestion. Unfortunately, some allergies result in harsh rashes and outbreaks that are typically accompanied by painful itching and swelling. To treat such outbreaks, a doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid cream or ointment.

The ointment can be applied directly to the affected area to help reduce the pain and red appearance. 

Immunotherapy Treatments

Immunotherapy is a type of allergy treatment often reserved for more extreme cases.

In this form of treatment, the allergen is introduced in small doses via injection. This allows for the treatment to quickly target the individual's immune system, allowing them to gradually build up an immunity. 

Natural Remedies

While many patients find relief through pharmaceutical treatments, some rely on natural remedies to soothe their allergy symptoms. This can be helpful for those with very mild and seasonal allergies.

However, if your allergies come with severe symptoms or can be a serious danger to yourself, we suggest seeking treatment directly from your doctor. 

Exercise

For many, the idea of going for a workout when congested sounds unbearable. However, it may benefit you to fight the urge to stay in bed. A bit of cardio has the potential to open your airways and clear congestion, even if it's only for a few hours. 

It's important to note that this should not be attempted if your symptoms are severe or you require the use of an inhaler.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Look online and you'll find a number of anecdotes claiming that apple cider vinegar can help relieve allergy symptoms. There are two suggested ways to go about using apple cider vinegar for allergies.

First, try adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water up to three times a day to reduce allergy symptoms.

There have also been claims that apple cider vinegar can help topically when applied to rashes that have come as a result of allergies.

Neti Pot and Saline Rinse

Neti Pots are an essential part of holistic health and are perfect for allergies and even the common cold. The pot (that looks almost like a plastic teapot) sprays a saline rinse directly into the nostril, helping to clear your nose for several hours. 

Acupuncture

During acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into the surface of the skin in specific areas to help patients find relief from a number of conditions. While many fear the pain from the needles, considering how small they are, many reports not to feel them at all.

Some find allergy relief through monthly acupuncture sessions and claim that it dramatically reduces their symptoms.

Probiotics

Today, science is showing us that a large percentage of our conditions and inflammation take place in the gut. An unbalance of vital bacteria holds the potential to throw the entire body out of sync.

If you have suddenly developed an allergy or intolerance around a specific food, your gut may be the root of the problem. By taking in probiotic drinks and supplements, you can potentially reduce if not eliminate your allergy symptoms.

IV Drip Therapy

IV drip therapy is a recent trend in health that has been used for everything from weight loss to curing hangovers.

Many report that IV therapy can even help flush out seasonal allergies. The IV's can help remove allergens from the body, helping to greatly reduce allergy symptoms. 

Water

Good old water. When it comes to any health concern, it's safe to say that water is a solid first bet for relief. When we are dehydrated our bodies are unable to function at their peak, making it more vulnerable to allergens. By keeping well hydrated, you may find a reduction in symptoms. 

Taking the Right Steps for Your Health

Finding the right allergy treatment is a great way to reduce uncomfortable symptoms. However, it's important to know when there's more than just allergies effection you. By educating yourself and listening to your body, you will be more equipped to give it the care you need.

Taking the right vitamins and supplements are also a great way to boost your health and immunity. Check out our vitamin and supplement guide to help you get started on your journey to health. 

Further Reading

Allergy Statistics

Pharmacology of Antihistamines

Choosing Topical Corticosteroids

Types of Allergies