When it comes to relieving your allergies, some solutions can be hit or miss.
Antihistamines block the effects of histamine in your body, and are known to be an effective way to fight allergy symptoms. How does it work? In folks with allergies, the body mistakes something harmless for a threat and produces histamine — which causes an allergic reaction with symptoms like itchy and watery eyes, a congested nose, sneezing and coughing. Taking antihistamines before your symptoms appear is the best way to prevent allergies. For example, if you know you have symptoms whenever you go to the park or before visiting a friend with a pet you should take your antihistamine at least 20 minutes before you head out.
Integrative medicine focuses on the whole body including the diet. Nutrition has many benefits to how our body functions and there are studies to show that certain herbal therapies may work in treating allergy symptoms. These therapies are thought to work by having antihistaminic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lifestyle and Home Remedies
It's not possible to avoid allergens completely, but we can reduce our symptoms by limiting exposure to them — especially if we know what we’re allergic to. There are a variety of lifestyle choices that can reduce seasonal symptoms, like staying inside on windy days, dust mite covers for bedding, and keeping pets out of your bedroom to minimize exposure. The use of special HEPA filters in central air conditioning vents and portable air purifiers can also help to filter out pollen and pet dander.
Diagnosis you can trust.
Our doctors can evaluate you online, talk through your medical history, and, if appropriate for you, recommend that you get a blood test done to figure out what you are allergic to:
Allergy blood test.
- A blood sample is sent to a lab to measure your immune system's response to a specific allergen.
- Also called the radioallergosorbent test (RAST), this test measures the amount of allergy-causing antibodies in your bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies.
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*Sourced from: Mayo Clinic