Medications, Injections, and Allergic Asthma
Determining the allergens to which you've become sensitized, and then taking steps to minimize your exposure to them, is likely to improve your allergic asthma control. However, it's not likely to completely eliminate your need for allergy and asthma medications. You still have to contend with the asthma flares inevitably caused by respiratory viruses and unintentional (often unavoidable) exposures to asthma triggers.
Good treatments for nasal allergies include nonsedating antihistamines (like over-the-counter generic Claritin), saline rinses, decongestant nasal sprays (for a few days), and when these fail, nasal steroid sprays such as Nasocort -- now available without a prescription as well as other sprays that do require a prescription -- and stronger antihistamines. If all of these treatments fail, consider a consultation with an allergist to see if allergy shots (immunotherapy) would help you or your child.
There are many good asthma medications, but most of them require a prescription from your asthma health care provider. These medications include inhaled steroids, long-acting inhaled bronchodilators, asthma inhalers, and pills like Singulair and Accolate. Prednisone for asthma may be given several days to treat severe asthma attack symptoms. When all of the traditional therapies for allergic asthma are not enough, Xolair, an injectable medication that reduces IgE levels, may help.