Effective Allergy Treatment at Capo Nose and Sinus Center
Can allergies even be treated effectively?
The short answer is yes, painful allergies and allergy symptoms can be treated, but it’s best to know how allergies work to understand how they can be treated. Your allergies begin with your immune system. Most of the time, our immune system keeps us safe by detecting and attacking harmful substances in our bodies. However, the immune system isn’t perfect and sometimes confuses a harmless substance with a harmful one. This harmless substance that confuses the immune system is called an allergen. When your body detects one of your unique allergens, it will attack it, resulting in allergy symptoms. Determining what your body reacts to and how it reacts is the primary step in designing a unique allergy treatment.
At Capo Nose and Sinus Center, we can test your allergies and design a treatment plan that is unique to you.
Understand your allergies with allergy testing
Your allergy profile and immune system are uniquely yours, so your allergy treatment plan should be unique to you as well. For this reason, the first step toward finding allergy relief is understanding how your allergens interact with your body.
The best way to find out how your allergens impact your body, and the severity of your reactions is to have a fully comprehensive allergy examination. The exam should include a look into your medical history, your known conditions, a physical exam, medication interactions, and an allergy test.
After the comprehensive testing, we will review your results with you, talk about your overall health goals, and help you determine a treatment plan that will work for you.
What should I consider when choosing an allergy treatment plan?
When working with us to choose an allergy treatment plan, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- Your complete allergy profile - Ensure that your treatment plan takes everyone one of your allergies into consideration.
- Medical history - Your allergy treatment should consider all other known health conditions
- Personal long-term goals - Do you want to achieve long-term relief or control short-term symptoms?
- Your budget - Your treatment plan should work within your budget and insurance.
- Your schedule - Your allergy treatment plan should be convenient and work around your schedule.
Our team specializes in listening to your personal goals to help you choose the best treatment plan option. Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
Short Term Relief
Allergy treatment medicine for symptom control
Allergy symptoms are the most painful and inconvenient part of living with allergies and while medication will not treat the root cause of your allergies, it can help reduce symptoms. Medication can also respond much quicker than other treatments, which is key when it comes to controlling the severity of symptoms. Some allergy medications may be used all year or just during allergy season.
Allergy medications include:
- Nasal sprays
- Pills or liquid medications
- Eye drops
- Skin cream
Modern medicine is a good tool to consider when developing an allergy treatment plan because they are affordable, safe, and effective. Allergy medications usually come in one of three types:
- Decongestants - used to relieve congestion and return the body’s natural flow of mucus for short-term relief
- Corticosteroids - used to relieve inflammation and work like decongestants but can be used more long-term
- Antihistamines - used to block histamines that control allergic reactions in the body
If you are sick of just managing symptoms and want long-term relief from your allergies, immunotherapy is the treatment option for you. During immunotherapy, your body is introduced to your specific allergens over the course of a few years. Over time, your body is retrained to stop reacting to your allergens, you may experience a major or complete reduction of allergic reactions.
The two types of immunotherapy include:
Allergy shots are safe and have been around for decades. They are designed specifically for your allergies and you may start to see allergy improvement anywhere from 6 to 12 months after beginning treatment.
During your allergy shot treatment plan, you will visit the doctor’s office weekly to get an injection containing a little bit of your specific allergens. You are closely monitored during the injection period to make sure that everything goes well.
Allergy drops work the same as shots, but they are administered under your tongue for 1 to 2 minutes instead of as an injection. The drops contain a little of your allergen and are safe enough to use at home for your convenience. Benefits of allergy drops include:
- They are done on your own schedule, making them convenient
- They don’t come with adverse reactions, making them safe
- You don’t experience the pain or irritation of a shot, making them comfortable
- They are highly effective