Avoidance of allergens (environmental control)
Knowing what allergens cause symptoms is an important first step, because avoiding these triggers can really improve your symptoms. You may be able to stop taking daily medicines if you can successfully avoid allergens. In general, the best way to identify them is by skin testing.
Many allergens are hard to avoid, in which case medicines can be helpful. Most allergy medicines are very safe and effective, but medicines do not cure allergies.
Allergy shots can be very helpful if symptoms continue, or if you don't want to take medicines every day. They may also decrease the risk of developing more allergies. Patients get small injections of their specific allergens, and the immune response gradually adjusts. For certain allergies this can be very effective, but it cannot be used for all allergies.
- Immunotherapy clinic for inhalant allergies and stinging insect hypersensitivity (by appointment) in Lebanon, NH.