Do you need an allergy test?

Allergy season is currently at its peak in Houston. Grace ER can help you treat and manage your symptoms. While there is still no cure for allergies (or hay fever), there are ways to diminish allergy symptoms. There are three types of treatments that can be used in combination:

  • AVOIDANCE of the allergen,
  • MEDICATION (anti-histamines),
  • IMMUNOTHERAPY (allergy shots).

Avoidance of airborne allergens all of the time is virtually impossible. Pollen, for example, is present anywhere you go. Moving to another area to avoid allergies will most likely not resolve the problem. However, studies do indicate that allergen avoidance is essential to effective treatment of allergies and asthma. The weather forecast can provide valuable information about conditions that favor alerting your allergies. Being informed can lessen the suffering of hay fever! When considering moving, the destination’s weather forecast and climate is something that should not be overlooked.

What you need to do is to know when your allergens will be at its peak and avoid going out during those times.

You can also use allergy devices in your home, such as an air cleaner and air conditioner. These will help remove pollen and mold spores from the air. It’s important to keep the filters on these devices clean!

Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots) is a series of shots that can expose you to small quantities of allergens to stimulate your immune system. The purpose of those shots is to build up your antibodies, your defense cells. This increase in the number of antibodies will help your body not overreact when exposed again to these same allergens.

These three treatment options can be used individually or in combination. There are many over the counter medications that do not require a prescription, as well as herbal and home remedies.  Tests are available to determine which pollen sources are causing your allergies and they can assist in determining if a prescription medication or allergy shots are a good fit for your treatment.