When you have allergies that impact your daily life, it is important to find the right treatment for relief. Avoiding allergens is not always possible, especially when they are floating in the air. If you have chronic, seasonal or other types of allergies that are taking a toll on your health and comfort, come see us at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. We offer a holistic and integrative approach for allergy treatment, customizing functional and alternative treatment plans for our patients at our clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
Medication for Allergy Relief
There are many treatment options for allergies, including over-the-counter medications and prescriptions. While OTC medications may work well for many people, severe allergies may require medical treatments to get the relief you need. Dr. Zweig and our medical team work with each patient to find the right combination of allergy treatments to give them relief from their symptoms while protecting their overall health. Medications we may suggest include:
- Antihistamine Pills – Antihistamine pills or tablets work on the entire body and can prevent more systemic (or whole-body) reactions or release of histamine. These are best taken at least two hours in advance of exposure to the allergens.
- Nasal Steroid Sprays – Nasal steroid sprays are released into your nose once or twice a day, depending on the spray and your age, to control post nasal drip and nasal congestion.
- Combination Sprays– Nasal steroid/antihistamine sprays work by combining a steroid and an antihistamine that are released into the nose to control nasal allergy symptoms.
- Allergy Shots– Allergy shots are regular injections given over a period of time – generally three to five years – to stop or reduce allergy attacks. This form of treatment is called immunotherapy.
- Allergy Drops– Allergy drops are used as an alternative to allergy shots. This involves placing drops of an allergen extract under the tongue to be absorbed into the body to build long-term tolerance to the substance that gives you an allergic reaction. Some of the benefits of allergy drops: they are painless, no bad allergic reaction, they work as quickly as shots and they can be used at home on your own schedule.
Allergy medication can provide relief for allergic rhinitis and other allergy conditions. We also offer advanced treatments and procedures that can work well with medications. If you suffer from allergies and want to explore the latest options for relief, come see us at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. Contact our center in the Dunwoody, Roswell and north Atlanta area in Alpharetta, GA, to schedule your appointment.
How do you test for allergies?
Allergy testing can give you exact information, not only on what you are allergic to But how allergic you actually are to each allergen. It is important to go over this testing with the physician, so they can help interpret these tests most accurately.
There are two types of tests.
ALLERGY SKIN TEST
The most common is skin testing or some may call it skin prick testing. In this test, tiny amounts of the allergens most commonly found in our region of the country or other allergens based on your medical history, are introduced with a tiny “prick” along your arms or back. By seeing how your body reacts, we can accurately measure how sensitive or allergic you are to each of these allergens. We then take this information and create a customized plan unique to your situation. Skin testing is the most reliable form of testing. However, sometimes your doctor may want to order a blood test.
ALLERGY BLOOD TEST
Although skin tests are more reliable, your doctor may need to order a blood test for a number of reasons:
- If you are taking a medication that may interfere with the testing, such as a beta-blocker.
- If you have had a significant reaction to an allergen in the past and the decision is made to avoid the exposure.
- If you have extremely sensitive skin or a serious skin condition.