Allergy Treatment and Medications

Your allergy treatment plan will depend on your symptoms: how often they occur and how severe they are.

Many people self-diagnosing and treating allergies will turn immediately to over-the-counter medicine, but the first step in treating allergies is to prevent or reduce exposure.

Check out our common allergen pages for tips on avoiding specific allergens — or download Allergy & Asthma Network’s award-winning Indoor AIRepair publication for practical indoor allergy-proofing recommendations.

If your allergy symptoms tend to last longer than two weeks or are not adequately controlled with over-the-counter medications, it’s a good idea to see a doctor for a full diagnosis. 

Medications
Many allergy medications are available over-the-counter; others require a prescription. The basic types include: 

Non-medical allergy treatment

Immunotherapy

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Read more:  When Allergy Medications Make You Drowsy
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