At the Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center of Tuscaloosa, Dr. John Dishuck and the team understand allergy problems in Tuscaloosa, AL, and how they can impact the quality of your life. To learn more about treating your allergies and getting the immediate relief you need, contact us today.
A Closer Look at Allergies
Allergies occur when your body reacts to substances that are normally harmless. Animal dander, foods, pollen, and latex are usually harmless but can lead to symptoms ranging from a runny nose to sneezing, coughing, red/watery eyes, or rashes in people who have allergies.
Although most symptoms from allergies are mild, many people suffer from debilitating allergies that affect their quality of life. In some people, allergic reactions are life-threatening. Fortunately, effective allergy treatments in Tuscaloosa, AL are available for those who experience mild to moderate symptoms.
Available Treatment for Allergies
You can try and avoid whatever it is you're allergic to, but it's not a viable long-term treatment option. Fortunately, over-the-counter decongestants, nasal sprays, and antihistamines relieve most symptoms. Yet, many people who experience severe allergies don't respond to traditional medications. Here are some other treatment options:
Also known as "allergy shot therapy," this treatment is an option if you don't respond to medication or avoiding the allergen doesn't work. Over a period of time, you can receive allergy shots to reduce and ultimately stop allergic reactions.
When you get an allergy shot, doctors inject a microscopic amount of the allergen to stimulate your immune system. However, there is not enough of the allergen in the shot to trigger a full allergic reaction. Over time, your immune system starts to build antibodies to the allergen, and your symptoms will start to diminish.
Usually delivered using an inhaler, these medicines treat allergies by relaxing the muscles surrounding your airways. Within a few minutes, your airways open and your breathing improves. These medicines also help clear excess lung mucus that can restrict your breathing.
In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter nasal steroid sprays to treat allergies. Flonase and Nasacort are two examples of nonprescription treatments currently available to treat serious allergies.
The sprays reduce inflammation in your nasal passages and also reduce mucus. Nasal stuffiness is one of the most bothersome symptoms of allergies. Fortunately, steroid sprays are highly effective at providing immediate relief.
For more information about allergy treatment in Tuscaloosa, AL, contact Dr. Dishuck and the team at the Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center of Tuscaloosa by calling (205) 553-2252.