How to treat an allergy?
Antihistamines are used by allergy sufferers to help relieve allergy symptoms and to prevent allergy symptoms from occurring. Antihistamines are available over the counter without a prescription.
Two types of antihistamines are used for allergies. They are known as first-generation antihistamines and second-generation antihistamines. First generation antihistamines commonly have the side effect of drowsiness whereas second generation antihistamines do not.
These conventional over the counter allergy treatments can be expensive and only provide temporary relief of symptoms. Immunotherapy, also known as desensitisation, is scientifically proven to treat the root cause of chronic allergies, and provides lasting relief from symptoms. Immunotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for allergy sufferers of all ages.
Immunotherapy (desensitisation) in medicine describes a treatment method to reduce or eliminate a person’s negative reaction to a substance or stimulus. In this treatment method a person is exposed to the stimuli in small measured doses so their body builds up a natural immunity.
Allergists have used desensitisation therapy for decades by injecting small amounts of allergens to patients and increasing this dose over time (subcutaneous immunotherapy). In the last twenty years desensitisation methods have advanced and this process can now be achieved through drops of the same purified allergens being placed under a patient’s tongue (sublingual immunotherapy).