October 21, 2014
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Allergy

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Allergy treatment basics

Sometimes, avoiding allergens is just not possible or not enough to prevent the troublesome symptoms of allergic rhinitis. When this happens, allergy treatment using medications may be necessary.

There are a wide range of treatments available for allergy sufferers, including prescription and non-prescription products. These include:

If you are able to predict when your allergies start (e.g., seasonal allergic rhinitis), you should start preventative measures (including medication) beforehand so that your symptoms are minimized. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you find a treatment that's right for you.

When choosing a treatment, you should consider the following factors:

  • What are the side effects?
  • How often do I need to use the medication?
  • How long do I have to use the medication?
  • Will it interact with my other medication(s)?
  • How quickly will I get relief?
  • Will the treatment resolve all my allergy symptoms?

What can you expect from your allergy therapy? Goals for allergy prevention and treatment include:

  • prevention of allergy symptoms (e.g., by avoiding your allergy triggers)
  • relief and control over the symptoms caused by your allergies
  • minimal or no side effects from the medications

If you are already treating your allergies and are not achieving these goals, consider talking to your doctor about your allergy treatment options. Use our Doctor Discussion Guide to help you prepare for your visit.


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