What is the treatment?
An allergy or an allergic reaction is simply a presentation of your immune system reacting to any substance that is foreign. Allergies can develop at any time in your life, and can even go away at any time. It occurs when the antibodies within your immune system end up identifying any foreign substance as harmful to the body, even though it might not be. As a result, your body tries to warn you that it is in danger by breaking out into an allergic reaction. Allergies can be mild to severe and there are many different treatment options that you can choose from to treat your allergies.
The most effective way to both, treat and prevent your allergies from coming back is to mainly stay away from the substance that you are allergic to. An allergic reaction can also be treated with the help of medications. Some doctors may prescribe immune suppressant drugs to help treat the symptoms of the reaction. Emergency epinephrine is also an effective treatment for allergies.
Different treatments and medications suit different people so it might take a while to find the medicine that works the best on your body and your specific allergies. Allergies are a very common condition and you don’t have to worry about them.
How is the treatment done?
In order to diagnose your allergy, your doctor will perform a few tests, even though most allergic symptoms can be confirmed on sight. If you are unsure of what exactly it is that you are allergic to, your doctor can administer a few tests to help you find out. The most common way to do so is with the help of a skin test wherein different proteins will be placed on your skin and monitored for an allergic reaction such as a raised bump. A blood test can also be conducted to help figure out what you are allergic to.
The best way to ensure you don’t get an allergic reaction is to avoid any exposure to the allergen. For instance, if you are allergic to tomatoes, you cannot eat any food items that have tomatoes in them. Your doctor will also prescribe anti-allergy medications. These help clear up all the symptoms of the allergy. If that does not work, immune therapy is often used as a treatment course. In this, you will be given a series of injections over a specified number of years. These injections contain extracts from the allergen and help you build some immunity to it.
Some people who have extremely severe allergies are given emergency epinephrine to carry around with them. These can be administered by yourself and can help get rid of the symptoms of the allergies.
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Anyone who has an allergy to any substance is eligible to seek out treatment for it. This is because allergies can often cause a lot of discomfort, fever like symptoms, skin problems, and so on and its best to treat these symptoms rather than to live with them indefinitely.
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
If a series of allergy tests have been administered and the results show that you are not allergic to anything, then your symptoms may be caused due to another medical condition. In this case, you are not eligible to seek out treatment for allergies as the problem you have is something else. Your course of treatment will be to treat that specific problem.
Are there any side effects?
There are no specific side effects to treating allergies. However, for people who are very vulnerable to multiple allergies, it is important to note that you may even be allergic to some of the ingredients that are used to create different medications. Therefore, if you experience anything unusual after taking your medication, you should report the same to your doctor immediately in case your symptoms begin to worsen.
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
The most important post treatment guideline is to stay away from the substance or substances that give you an allergic reaction. This is the best way to maintain a normal and healthy lifestyle.
How long does it take to recover?
The recovery period is very fast. Taking an anti-allergy medicine can help clear up the symptoms within a day or two. If you take emergency epinephrine, your symptoms will clear up almost immediately. With immune therapy, the course of treatment and recovery period generally lasts over a period of a few years.
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Anti allergy medications cost anywhere between Rs. 50 and Rs. 150, depending on the brand of medication you are looking for and the total dosage.
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
The results of the treatment are permanent however, you can get an allergic reaction again if you are exposed to an allergen. In that case, it is considered a fresh reaction and not an extension of the older reaction that has already been treated.
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
It is suggested that certain patients can benefit greatly from acupuncture though there isn’t a lot of definitive proof on the matter. People who are allergic to dust can install air purifiers in their home to make sure the air they breathe is clean and free from mites and dust.