Particularly in the case of severe allergies, identification and avoidance of allergens is usually the most important way to reduce allergy symptoms. This may include avoiding certain foods, removing carpeting, washing bedding and toys, using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, or staying away from certain animals.
WellStar allergists are experienced in helping patients live healthy lives despite their allergies.
Besides avoidance of allergens, treatments for allergies fall into two categories: pharmacological and immunological. Drugs used to treat the symptoms of allergy include antihistamines, steroids, epinephrine, and decongestants, and may be delivered orally, through nasal sprays and eye drops.
Immunological desensitization seeks to build up immunity through vaccination with ever-increasing amounts of allergens, diminishing or even eliminating hypersensitivity. Studies have shown that this therapy is effective and permanent, although it does require a long-term commitment.
If you have a severe allergy, your WellStar physician may give you an emergency epinephrine injector to carry with you. Giving yourself an epinephrine shot can control symptoms until you get emergency care.