Hoffman Estates allergy sufferers benefit from multi-faceted approach, including safe medicine to manage and ease symptoms
You may have heard of allergy shots. Otherwise known as immunotherapy, they are not technically allergy drugs but rather the measured, gradually increasing injection of the offending substance or substances. By exposing the body to the allergen or allergens, the immune system builds up a tolerance. Over time, you may find you are no longer as sensitive to the substance.
As you go through treatment, you’ll want to continue to use allergy medicine as prescribed by Drs. Noga Askenazi and Eugenia Hahn. However, with time, you may not be as reliant on your long-term asthma medication. Furthermore, immunotherapy may be a good answer to those whose allergy meds interact with drugs taken for other conditions, or those who have experienced side effects or problems controlling symptoms with prescribed medications for their allergies.
Generally, medications may be divided into two broad categories:
- Long-term control to reduce immune system reaction and ease symptoms; may include nasal sprays, eye drops, and oral drugs
- Quick-relief for those with severe allergies; an epinephrine delivery device may be prescribed to be carried with the patient at all times in the event of an emergency
Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois takes a very holistic view of treatment. Medications may not be sufficient to adequately control your symptoms and live as fulfilling and productive of a life as you want.
Our specialists can suggest other lifestyle modifications that may ease symptoms. Pollen counts can be a big problem for those with allergies in Chicagoland. While Drs. Askenazi, Hahn, and Patel may suggest nasal steroid sprays to relieve congestion and runny nose, or antihistamines and decongestants, monitoring those counts and staying inside with the windows and doors closed is an alternative to prescriptions to prevent the itching, irritation, and miserable symptoms.
If we haven’t confirmed that your suspect allergens are indeed the cause of your concern, we’ll want to conduct skin and blood tests. After determining the exact cause and nature of your allergies, and reviewing your current medication use and health, we will provide an effective course of treatment that also minimizes any potential side effects. Call 847 888 8802 to schedule a consultation with one of the doctors and learn more about potential options, including allergy medicine, near Hoffman Estates.