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Understanding Allergies -- Treatment

What Are the Treatments for Allergies? continued...

Food allergies: The best treatment for food allergies is avoidance. If your reactions to certain foods are irritating and exacerbate conditions like eczema, but aren’t life-endangering, your doctor may prescribe antihistamines or topical creams to help relieve symptoms. If you are extremely allergic and likely to go into anaphylactic shock, your doctor will prescribe an emergency kit, which you must carry with you at all times. This kit contains a preloaded injection of epinephrine, a fast-acting drug that counters anaphylactic shock. Your doctor can show you how to use this properly.

Drug allergies: If you are allergic to medications, wear a Medic-Alert bracelet and always discuss this allergy with doctors when they prescribe new medications. Some skin rashes associated with drug allergies can be generally treated with antihistamines; occasionally they are treated with oral or skin (topical) steroids. Some specialists can provide effective desensitization therapy for some antibiotics.

Insect sting allergies: Avoidance is the best treatment, but allergy shots may make it so that someone doesn't have much of an allergic reaction to insect stings. If you are extremely allergic and likely to go into anaphylactic shock, your doctor will prescribe an emergency kit, which you must carry with you at all times. This kit contains a preloaded injection of epinephrine, a fast-acting drug that counters anaphylactic shock. Your doctor can show you how to use this properly.

 

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Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on March 16, 2014
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