Posted on Jan 13, 2008 | Comments 1
The main aim of an allergy treatment is to reduce or prevent the effects of allergy, an adverse reaction of the body’s immune system to the allergen.
Allergens are the substances that create allergic reactions in the body.
Allergy is also known as hypersensitivity (overly sensitive). Allergy can be of any type: food, pet, pollen, household, drug or latex allergy.
Allergy treatment can be done in many ways. The best treatment options for any kind of allergies are acupuncture, immunotherapy and medications.
The type of treatment for allergies depends on the following: Candidate’s age, overall health condition, and medical history; Severity of the allergy; Tolerance for certain medications, procedures or therapies and Personal preference.
Allergy Treatment – Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and best allergy treatments to relieve the effects of allergy. It is a traditional Chinese technique that inserts thin, fine needles into certain points in the body to control and relieve allergic reactions.
Acupuncture is based on the Chinese principle of balancing “Qi” the energy that flows throughout the body near the skin. In other words, the “Qi” must be balanced throughout the body. If not, it affects the health of the individual.
If the energy flow is lack, broken, or interrupt, the acupuncturist stimulates and balances the energy flow throughout the body by inserting thin needles. Thus, restores the health condition.
For effective results, consult a well trained and experienced acupuncturist. This is because the acupuncturist can determine the placement of the needles, the direction and depth of insertion, and the manipulation of the needle in the body. Normally each acupuncture session ranges from twenty to sixty minutes.
Allergy Treatment – Allergen Immunotherapy
It is an effective allergy treatment to prevent allergies. It is also known as allergy shots or desensitization.
Immunotherapy is a process by which a series of injections with a gradual increase in doses of allergens (the substances that triggers the allergic reactions) are injected subcutaneously to prevent the effects of the allergy and to build tolerance to the allergens.
The allergen immunotherapy is usually done once or twice a week with increasing doses until it reaches a maintenance dose. The maintenance dose is then used for every two to four weeks.
Allergy Treatment – Allergy Medication
It is also an effective allergy treatment to reduce or prevent allergic reactions. The most common allergy medications are antihistamines, decongestants, and bronchodilators.
Antihistamines:This allergy medication treats allergy by reducing the effects of allergic reactions through blocking histamine, the substance that is released by the body during an allergic reaction. This allergy medicine comes in the form of tablet, capsule, and injection. It is available both over-the-counter and by prescription.
Decongestants:This allergy medication helps reduce the effects of certain allergies. It is available in the form of tablets, liquids, sprays and drops. Decongestants are available both over-the-counter and by prescription.
Bronchodilators:This allergy medication is used to help open the narrowed lungs and may ease the signs of allergy. This medication comes in the form of inhaler, tablet, liquid, and injections. Beta-agonists, theophylline, and anticholinergics are some common types of bronchodilators.
Always consult a well-experienced and well qualified doctor for your allergy treatment. Also, consult your doctor before using over-the counter medications.
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