Latest Allergies News
SATURDAY, March 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With spring allergy season just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to deal with your symptoms, experts say.
"Bottom line, very few people suffer from the same allergies or symptoms," Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a news release from the organization.
"You have to create a personal treatment plan by first avoiding the things you're allergic to, and then treating your specific symptoms," he said.
"The question for many people is whether over-the-counter remedies are enough, or if prescription medications are needed," Chipps said.
New guidelines from ACAAI recommend "nasal steroid sprays as the first line of defense, instead of an oral antihistamine," said Dr. Dana Wallace, the organization's past president and a co-author of the guidelines.
Allergy shots involve getting gradually larger doses of your exact allergens, the experts said. This causes your immune system to become less sensitive, reducing your allergy symptoms, they explained.
Allergy tablets, which you put under your tongue, can ease symptoms brought on by certain grasses and dust, the experts said.
People with seasonal allergies should start taking medication two to three weeks before symptoms typically start, the experts said.
-- Robert Preidt
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