fredag 8 januari 2010

Treatments Which Can Help Avoid Allergy

By Melinda Huang

An allergy may be at the root of your problem if you have to bear with frequent episodes of watery nose, continuous cough and sneeze or scratchy, red skin rashes. An allergy means your body is trying to fight some external allergen. There can be many factors that can cause an allergy, such as a specific food item like soy, milk or other dairy products, contact with certain allergens like dust and pollutants, hairs of household pets, pollen etc or even some medicinal drugs.

Diagnosis by a qualified health care professional should be the first step that the sufferer must take instead of trying to trace out the root cause of the allergy himself or herself, that could result in misdiagnosis and wrong treatment. After the root cause of the allergy is identified, the doctor can begin the treatment of the allergy with the correct prescription of medicines.

Inexpensive and readily available medications like antihistamines or other such anti allergic drugs are prescribed to combat the allergy by doctors and specialists. It is however advisable to take care to prevent the allergy from happening rather than taking medications later to fight it. If dust causes your allergy then you can protect yourself with an appropriate face mask while doing house cleaning jobs or even when going outside in high dust environments. Allergy causing agents can also be significantly controlled by air purifiers at your home.

You must always avoid the drugs that you are allergic to and before commencing a new therapy or treatment, let your doctor know about it. Food allergies can easily be prevented by paying attention to your regular diet and taking special care to avoid products which have caused allergies in the past.

In case your allergic attacks are so severe that they cause considerable disruption of normal life, or medications are not working properly or you wish to prevent another attack owing to some other reasons, you can request your doctor to advise vaccination to control the allergy. By doing this, you can continue to move around both outdoors and away from your home without fear of unseen factors triggering an attack.

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