General Allergy Info
Types Of Chronic Allergy Treatment
Patients with allergies to mold should avoid areas where mold could be present as in crawl spaces and basements. If mold is discovered in the home, it should be removed by professionals trained in accepted techniques of mold abatement. This is good insurance against the problem being spread throughout the home.
Allergies to pet dander can be minimized by not having pets at all, or by choosing pets that are not as likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
Immunotherapy For Allergies
Let’s say you’re allergic to pollen. In this case, pollen is what’s known as an allergen, or a substance that produces an allergic reaction. While this substance is actually harmless to your body, your immune system doesn’t think so. It looks upon pollen as a threat to your health, resulting in an overly vigorous response to fight it off.
This abnormal reaction of the immune system is what causes allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, etc.
Over time, the immune system treats the allergen appropriately as a harmless substance that needs no attention. Allergy therapy is the only known medical procedure that addresses the actual cause of allergies.
Corticosteroids are used in more severe cases and require a prescription, as does the next level of treatment called Mast Cell Stabilizers. Both of these drugs relieve symptoms by either suppressing inflammation or by blocking the release of immune system chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.