More severe cases can be managed with stronger treatments, which will need to be recommended by your healthcare professional. Once you know that you are dealing with an allergy, there are four basic steps to keeping your symptoms under control:
Identify your allergies:
First, try to identify what is causing your allergy. Our simple Identify your Allergy Guide can help you to monitor general patterns and symptoms that will be worthwhile sharing with your healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional may also help you with a simple skin prick test to identify your response to more common allergens.
One way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergen that triggers the allergy; however this is not always possible. In this site we have identified common allergens and offer tips on ways you can avoid or manage your contact with them.
There are a number of antihistamine preparations available that provide effective 24-hour relief, without making you drowsy. One such treatment is AERIUS, a non-drowsy antihistamine developed to target the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever), perennial allergic rhinitis and hives. Other treatment options may include intra-nasal corticosteroids. Talk to you healthcare professional to find out what is the right solution for you.
If over-the-counter antihistamine preparations are proving ineffective, you should see your healthcare professional for alternative treatments. These can include other medications (e.g. injections, intra-nasal corticosteroids) that may be prescribed by your healthcare professional.