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Allergy Treatments

If you have had allergies for any length of time you have tried almost every self-help treatment you could find and probably found little or no relief. There are many natural and many not so natural allergy treatments.

There are many ways to treat the different allergies. Injections, Avoidance, Air Filters, Medications and many others. In allergy treatment the goal is to reduce the symptoms caused by inflammation of the affected tissues. Of course, the best "treatment" is to avoid what causes your allergies. Antihistamines like over the counter benadryl usually relieve mild symptoms such as rash, hives, itching.

Immunotherapy Allergy Treatment

Allergy treatment is also known as Hypersensitivity Treatment. This is where the doctor tests you for allergies and then gives you injections with a small amount of the allergen which over a period of time slowly reduces your hypersensitivity to whatever it is you are allergic to. High sensitivity food allergies are not treated with immunotherapy because of the chance of a severe allergic reaction. [an error occurred while processing this directive] Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if you are allergic to pollen. Try not to use fans, as they can stir up more dust. Wearing a mask such as an inexpensive painters or dust mask can help. You can find these in the paint department.

Your First Allergy Treatment Begins At Home

The first step in any allergy treatment is to avoid that which sparks allergic reactions. Depending on the allergy trigger, the treatment needed to overcome the effects will vary, but avoidance is by far the best method of treating any allergy. Many people find themselves allergic to dust and pollen and allergy treatment for the home can become a time consuming and financial burden if not approached the right way.

Costly filtering systems and cleaning methods do not always do as they are advertised to do and many times the allergy treatment still leaves dust and pollen floating through the air in the home. Vacuuming the home can be a tedious process and replacing the carpet with hard surface flooring such as wood or linoleum is not always an affordable option either. Even vacuum cleaners with built-in filters stir the dust into the air where it will stay for 15 to 20 minutes before settling down on furniture and other furniture.

Once the room has been thoroughly vacuumed and sufficient time has passed to allow the dust to settle, additional allergy treatment will include damp dusting the furniture and any other flat surface to make sure it is all picked up. The person with the allergy should never be the one to vacuum or dust, as the materials sent through the room during the process will only aggravate the problem.

Watch Out For Dust Mites

Many people are allergic to dust mites and they are almost everywhere you are. To slow the growth of dust mites the temperature in the home should be between 68 and 72 degrees and when clothes are washed, especially bed linens, the water should be at or slightly above 135-degrees to insure killing all mites. The allergy treatment in the bedroom should be more thorough as it is the room where people spend most of their time and it has the most opportunity for dust mites to multiply.

Drapes and curtains should be washable and mini blinds or Venetian blinds should be avoided as they offer a friendly environment for even more dust and dust mites. Bed linens should be thoroughly washed. Do not use feather pillows. Use only synthetic man made materials. They are easier to wash and the synthetic materials do not clump as much when wet, which is a problem with all feather products.

Families with children should avoid the introduction of dust-collecting items such as stuffed animals and other items that will serve as dust collectors. Gifts of books are always popular and will help keep the dust mite count down

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