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An earlier and smaller study in children also had positive results: Kids who were given acupuncture twice a week for eight weeks had fewer symptoms and more symptom-free days than those who received a sham treatment. However, these are preliminary studies. Experts say that we need more research with better evidence before the effects of acupuncture on nasal allergies will be clear.

In recent years, experts have become much more aggressive in treating allergies. While the standard approach was once all about easing the symptoms of allergies, Rakel says things have changed. 

“When someone with an allergy comes in to see us, the first thing we do is try to figure out what’s causing it,” he says. “Suppressing the symptoms isn’t enough -- we want to find out why the symptoms are occurring and, ideally, resolve the issue.”

No one should have to limp through life with chronic allergy symptoms. Don’t settle for treatments that only half work. Schedule an appointment with a doctor. Together you can come up with a treatment plan -- whether it relies on allergy supplements or other alternative remedies, prescription drugs or a combination -- that will finally give you some relief.

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