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What are the Different Types of Allergy Control?

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  • Written By: Kasey James
  • Edited By: Lauren Fritsky
  • Last Modified Date: 07 November 2018
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The different types of allergy control can include natural options, allergy medications, or products that can be used around the home. Some people experience seasonal allergies while others have allergies all year long that can be related to specific allergens. Either way, it is important to find allergy control that will help since allergies can often lead to sinus problems and other medical concerns.

Natural allergy control can include certain vitamins such as A, C, and E. Some minerals have also been known to help with allergies including fish oil, calcium, and magnesium. Many people use an herb known as butterbur to lessen their allergies. Any of these natural options can be found at many natural foods or vitamin supplement stores.

Some people have used acupuncture as a method to reduce allergy effects. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method where needle tips are inserted into specific points on the skin. It is an all-natural treatment that takes about 20 minutes per session. Most people complete many sessions and do not experience side effects from this old Chinese remedy.

If natural treatments are not working, there are over-the-counter medications that may help with allergy control. Over-the-counter medications can be purchased at a local pharmacy and are often affordable. Some allergy medications have to be prescribed by a doctor. These medications can be expensive if not covered by health insurance.

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The most common allergy medications are antihistamines and decongestants. Antihistamines work by taking over histamine receptor sites in the body. They are designed to prevent allergies. Unfortunately, antihistamines can cause many side effects such as drowsiness and dry mouth. These medications work best when taken regularly.

Decongestants work by reducing the swelling, particularly in the nose. They are not designed to prevent allergies but give relief instead. Doctors will often prescribe a decongestant and an antihistamine to work together. Decongestants can come in pill form or in the form of a nasal spray.

There are many allergy control products that can be used in the house for a person suffering from allergies. Air purifiers are often recommended for people with allergies. They clean the air by reducing pollutants such as dust, mold, and allergens. Purifiers come in different sizes and most have filters that have to be changed every few months.

Another form of allergy control is to encase all mattresses and pillows in fabric that does not allow dust mites and other allergens from getting in the bed. This kind of allergy bedding can make a big difference for allergy sufferers but can also be expensive. Many home stores sell bed encasing products.

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