How to Prevent Allergies

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 10:46 AM

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If you think you may have an allergy, tests are available through your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with an allergy, it can be managed through medication or vaccination.

The following tips may help prevent different types of allergies:

Be observant: Be aware of your surroundings and location. This will help you to take note of what triggers an allergic reaction.
Prevent Allergens: To reduce allergens in the air, one should vacuum, clean the house, furniture, bed and windows regularly, wear a mask while doing household chores, and, consider installing an air filter to capture dust.
Know Your Allergens: Most people are sensitive to some allergens. Being aware of your allergies and their causes will help you to avoid harmful allergens.
Allergy testing: Allergy tests can be administered by an allergist. Describe the specific conditions that trigger your allergy. Blood test, skin biopsy, food allergy tests, lung function tests, challenge tests, general examination, and questions regarding your lifestyle are the methods an allergist typically uses to determine an allergy.
Allergy Medications: There is no cure for allergies. However, allergies can be successfully managed by medication. Several types of medications are available. These include Allegra (fexofenadine), Benadryl(diphenhydramine), decongestants, Tavist (clemastine), Zyrtec (cetrizine) etc., and may be prescribed by your doctor.
Allergy vaccines: Allergy shots can reduce the severity of an allergic condition and increase one’s ability to tolerate allergens. However, unlike medication, allergy vaccines should be taken under the supervision of a doctor.

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