Category Archives: Allergy Treatment and Management

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis – Symptoms and Management

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Rhinitis, or an inflammation of the nasal passages, can be caused by illness or allergy. Allergic rhinitis can present in three different forms: Seasonal, occupational, and perennial. If you suffer from allergy symptoms that last year-round you could have perennial allergic rhinitis. This is a common allergic disorder which affects between 10 and 20 percent of the U.S. Population. It can ... Read More »

5 Common Allergy Medicines for Kids

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This article aims to layout the various allergy medicines that a child may need to take. We look at the types of medications, why and when they are used and any potential side effects. Allergies in kids are very common. As many as 25% of children may be sensitive to inhalant allergens. Symptoms may include headache, itchy, runny, red eyes, ... Read More »

Allergy Testing – A Beginner’s Guide

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Maybe your doctor brought up the idea of allergy testing, or you just want to learn more about what you might face at your upcoming appointment concerning your problems with allergies. Either way, we hope to answer your questions here. Allergy testing can involve either skin tests or blood tests. Your doctor is trying to figure out what is triggering ... Read More »

Do You Know The Common Side Effects of Antihistamines?

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Once allergy season comes around, histamine is released in your body to fight the allergens we are exposed to.  You are fairly sure that you could get relief from an antihistamine, but what are the side effects you need to worry about?  That is what we will address here. It is important to know at least a little about any ... Read More »

Antihistamines: What You Need To Know Before You Take These

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Treating allergies can require various medications and treatments, but usually the very first things to use are antihistamines. You probably have one or two in your medicine cabinet right now. Let’s take a closer look at how they work, the types available and side effects to be aware of…   How Do Antihistamines Treat Allergies? Histamine is a natural compound, ... Read More »

What Is An “Allergist”?

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An allergist is a medical doctor who has completed special training and has experience in figuring out what is causing allergies, how to treat them and how to prevent reactions.  They want to work with you to help find relief from your problem. Allergists usually treat allergies, asthma and other diseases of the immune system.  Their immune expertise can include ... Read More »

Allergy Desensitization – An Evolving And Effective Treatment

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Allergy desensitization (which basically means “becoming more accustomed to”) is a method of treating allergies in an effort to make the person less reactive to the allergen (substance they are reacting to).  Their immune system is gradually exposed to increasing doses of the allergen in order to modify or completely stop the reaction. This treatment is very effective for allergies ... Read More »

Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy Treatment Options

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Let’s look at this topic in terms of what lifestyle precautions need to be taken, and then a look at desensitization as a management technique. Obviously, such nut allergies can cause anaphylaxis, and thus a serious risk to life. Anyone with a potential for such severe reactions should always carry an epi-pen (containing epinephrine/adrenaline). Consider wearing a warning bracelet, to ... Read More »

Natural Allergy Remedies That Work

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Allergies are a lot more common than most of us would think. They occur when our immune system acts up, triggered by some stimulus or irritant. Common stimuli are molds, mildew, dusts and foods like shellfish and peanuts. Allergies will not only slow you down, they’re also not a pretty sight. Instead of heading to their local pharmacy for an ... Read More »