Top 3 Solutions for Chronic Allergies
Most people have seasonal allergies that are triggered by pollen from plants. Trees release pollen in the spring, grass in the spring and summer, and other plants like ragweed tend to release pollen in the fall. But some people are allergic to multiple plants or even things like dust, mold, and animal dander. For these people there isn’t a respite from allergens which leads to chronic symptoms. Luckily there are a few strategies that can help reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Medication and Home Remedies
The first line of defense against chronic allergies tends to be OTC medications and home remedies that alleviate symptoms. Most medications are antihistamines that reduce swelling from allergies. Nasal sprays use steroids to manage inflammation, or use saline to help hydrate the sinuses. Home remedies attempt to fulfill similar functions, such as steam for moisture and oils that can temper inflammation. We have a blog on home remedies that has more information here.
Another way to manage allergies is by reducing exposure to allergens. Getting a HEPA air filter. HEPA filters are made to remove microscopic particles like pollen and dander.
Dehumidifiers can also reduce moisture in the air that mold and allergens can stick to. An important step in avoiding allergens is to identify your triggers. You can have testing performed by an allergist to determine these so you can more easily avoid them.
The best way to treat chronic allergies is by dealing with them at the source. Allergy immunotherapy does that by slowly introducing minute amounts of allergens. This lets the immune system recognize these particles so it doesn’t enact an immune response as exposure increases. Immunotherapy can be done through injections or drops under the tongue. Both are highly effective, but injections tend to work quicker. An allergist can help you decide which is best for you.
Managing Chronic Allergies
Allergies make everything harder, and they’re more debilitating when the symptoms are chronic. Fortunately there are ways to make dealing with them easier. Seeing an allergist will help you educate yourself further on your particular allergies and provide new ways to treat them.