Health Watch - Allergies: The right medicine

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about allergies and related problems. You can take steps to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens, but you may also need medication to help you deal with your symptoms.

Choosing the right medicine is key to treating allergy symptoms. Dr. David Khan, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can start with over-the-counter medications, but if those don’t offer relief, you may need to see a doctor for prescription treatments. Prescription allergy drugs may be more potent and less sedating. There are also prescription nasal sprays to reduce inflammation in nasal passages. To relieve sniffling, sneezing or itching, you can try an antihistamine. You can try a decongestant to relieve stuffiness. Dr. Khan says one of the most effective allergy treatment is allergy shots, which can make you less allergic over time. You’ll need to see a doctor for this treatment.


May 2011

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