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Often, the best way to treat allergies is to prevent them from occurring in the first place; this is accomplished through the avoidance of allergic triggers. However, avoidance is not always possible, such as when a person is allergic to pollen in the air. Therefore, many people with allergies require medications to treat their symptoms. Learn about the various avoidance techniques to prevent allergy symptoms, as well as the various medications available to treat allergies.
  1. Allergy Prevention and Avoidance
  2. Medications
  3. Immunotherapy
  4. Natural and Alternative Therapies for Allergies

Allergy Prevention and Avoidance

It may be possible to prevent the onset of allergies in children who are prediposed to developing symptoms based on a family history of allergies. Once a person has allergies, the best way to treat allergies is to prevent them from occurring in the first place, by avoiding the allergic triggers. Learn about the various methods available to prevent allergies from occurring in the first place, as well as how to avoid various allergic triggers once allergies have occurred.

Medications

When avoidance doesn't work to treat allergy symptoms, most people turn to medications. There are a wide variety of medications available to treat allergic diseases, from hay fever pills to asthma inhalers, and from topical creams for eczema to epinephrine injectors for severe allergic reactions. Learn about the different types of medications available to treat different allergies, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy offers the only form of allergic treatment that actually changes the way the body deals with allergies. While medications only cover up symptoms, immunotherapy can reduce the immune system's response to allergic triggers. Immunotherapy involves administering what a person is allergic to in an injection (shot) form, or as drops under the tongue (sublingual immunotherapy). As a result, the immune system reacts in a non-allergic way to allergic triggers, resulting in a decrease in allergic symptoms over time. Most people taking immunotherapy need less medications to treat their allergies -- some need none.

Natural and Alternative Therapies for Allergies

Nowadays, many people want a drug-free answer to their medical problems, including allergies. Fortunately, there are many possible ways to treat allergies without using medications. Learn more about the natural therapies available for allergies.

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