Allergies are those pesky issues that cause us a plethora of frustrating symptoms, such as a runny nose, congestion, swelling, rash, difficulty breathing, and itchy eyes. These symptoms are caused by an immune system response after exposure to various allergens, including irritating soaps, lotions, and foods. The most common causes of allergies are seasonal irritants that may include types of pollen, pet dander, mold, specific types of grass, or certain trees. Depending on the allergy and the individual, treatment options are likely to vary. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2015), here are some of the types of medications that you may want to consider if you are suffering from allergies.
1) Eyedrops can help alleviate some of the itchiness that comes along with either excessively dry or overly watery eyes caused by allergens.
2) Corticosteroids may help relieve congestion and a runny nose.
3) For external symptoms, such as redness, swelling, irritation, or rash, a medicated skin cream may work well enough for other measures to be unnecessary.
4) In severe circumstances, allergies may cause wheezing or difficulty breathing, leading to the use of inhalers for assistance in opening the airways once more.
5) If congestion and stuffiness never seem to go away, nasal sprays may be helpful for curing what ails you.
6) Severe allergies may also include such severe reactions to an allergen that death is possible. It is always a good idea to seek proper medical attention before attempting to go the route of self-treatment, as emergency medication may be necessary for you to keep on hand.
7) Immunotherapy is a gradual exposure to allergens through a series of injections over time. This method is thought to allow our immune systems the time necessary to learn to accept allergens, instead of being triggered by them.
To fully determine which medication may work best for you, it is wise for you to consult with a qualified medical professional. Look no further than our team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. For your convenience, we have offices in Washington, California, and Oregon. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your allergies.