The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that nearly 50 million people in the United States – which equates to 1 in 5 Americans – suffer from some type of allergy, whether it is an allergy to food, indoor/outdoor, or insects, or an allergy that affects the skin or eyes. Dr. Paul Drago, an Otolaryngologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy, has been treating patients who suffer from allergies for nearly 25 years. Here he discusses the best ways to treat this condition.
Avoiding Allergens – One of the best ways to prevent allergies from flaring up is for individuals to avoid the allergens to which they are allergic. This may include pollen, dust, certain foods, or trees and grasses.
Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is often used when avoiding allergens or taking medication does not work. With immunotherapy, a patient is given higher doses of the allergens to which they are allergic, and over time they eventually become less sensitive to the allergens. This treatment is usually most effective for individuals who are allergic to animals, insect stings, or suffer from hay fever.
Medication – There are different medications that can be prescribed for allergies, with decongestants and antihistamines being the most common. Other medications include corticosteroid nasal sprays, oral corticosteroids, and cromolyn sodium.
Dr. Paul Drago is board certified in Otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of ENT Allergy.