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.
Many allergy medications are available over-the-counter; others require a prescription. The basic types include:
- Nasal Sprays:
- Saline sprays
- Leukotriene Modifiers
Non-medical allergy treatment
Read more: When Allergy Medications Make You Drowsy
10 Things You Need to Know About Allergy Medications
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