by FHZ Admin
Allergies are no fun. I think we can all agree on that. Between the sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and whatever else you’re suffering from, allergy season can be a season of pure misery. And contrary to popular belief, allergy season isn’t just when the flowers bloom and the grass starts to grow.
For example, there are some people who are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites usually come out inside your home during the fall when the heat first kicks on. They attack you when you sleep and they make waking up in the morning nothing short of miserable.
In short, people can suffer from allergies all year long. And because there are so many different kinds of allergies, one “treatment” isn’t going to take care of all of them. Yes, antihistamines like Claritin try to keep these allergies under control but there is a major problem with these antihistamines that the pharmaceuticals don’t clue you in on.
Have you ever noticed that a few months after taking your antihistamine that it seems to stop working? The reason is because that’s just what’s happened. After about three months, the body builds up a resistance to your antihistamine. So what needs to be done is you need to actually take a different one that is composed of a different generic drug. And you need to continuously do this every three months or so.
But let’s back up a minute because we’re putting the cart before the horse.
How do you even know that you have allergies? The symptoms can many times appear to be exactly like the common cold. And especially since, with many sufferers, the symptoms only appear at the beginning of certain allergy seasons; it would seem like a cold is just what you had.
So what you need to do, before anything else, is go to an allergist and get tested. The test is quite long. Essentially what they do is they give you little pin pricks with the various common allergens that most people suffer from. They look to see if there is any reaction from any of these pin pricks. If there is, it means that you’re allergic to that specific allergen. At that point in time, you can decide what course of treatment you want to pursue.
Options today are pretty limited. You can opt to take antihistamines, which as I said have to be rotated every three months or so, or you can opt for allergy shots.
Now, let me be perfectly clear about allergy shots. They do not work on all sufferers and it takes a good year or so before you really start to see relief from them. The reason is because the shots are given in increasing doses over time. It takes a while to reach max dose and then you need to be on that max dose for a while before you see your symptoms improve, if they improve.
There are some supposed natural treatments for allergies but none of these have been medically proven. We’ll cover those in another article.
For now, if you’re not sure if you have allergies or not, get yourself tested. Then you can decide on what course of treatment to pursue.