Which Allergy Medications Are The Best?

November 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Allergy

How do you know if you’re suffering from allergies?  Do you have a family history of certain allergies? A lot of people actually do have allergies but some are in minor forms that they don’t really cause that much discomfort to an individual so they tend to take it lightly and never realize that it is one.  Over the counter medicines are fairly cheap and work after a short period of usage, some even work immediately depending on the type of allergy and extent it affects a person.

 

A good thing to do in cases of uncertainty is to visit a doctor specializing in allergies.  A trained physician will ask questions of your medical history, family history, your diet, environments you’re exposed to, things that you eat, or if you have pets in the house.  After knowing this, the doctor will then probably submit you through a skin test.  The process is done scratching a series of allergens on the surface of your arm and see if there is a reaction.  Depending on what extent of tests you are to take will depend on how often you feel you are affected by the suspected allergy.  Specific allergies have specific targets.  Over the counter medicines are usually general in type and would cure simple reactions toward skin irritations, rashes, sniffles and sneezing.  These types of medicines will not work if you have food allergies.  You may need to see a doctor of Internal Medicine to give you better insight on how these allergies manifest themselves in your body.  Some anti-histamine drugs do have a sedative property as side effects, so do take precautions when you take them.  Do not take them when you’re expecting to drive or handle critical and hazardous machinery.  Some of these effects are pretty strong and will cause grogginess and sleep.  Although there are some anti-histamine drugs which are being sold now with a no-drowse action.

 

Choosing what allergy medication is best for you can be determined by your doctor.  Aside from taking the medicine your doctor may also help you in other ways to manage and treat your specific allergy.  This has to do with making a little change to your lifestyle and preferences.  It will be a guide on how to control and avoid having allergic reactions.  Try to do additional research on the internet regarding your condition.  There a various sources of information for this and proven solutions for treatment.

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