Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Can Seasonal Allergies be Cured?

There’s no cure for allergies, but over-the-counter or prescription medicines can help relieve most of the symptoms.

You Can Get Common Allergy Medicines Without a Prescription

  • Antihistamines stop the symptom-causing histamines (the chemical your body sends out when it reacts to allergens) to help stop or prevent sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes.
  • Decongestants open your airways, relieve sinus pressure and reduce swelling in your nose.
  • Saline sprays, rinses and gels help soothe and moisturize your nose, and clean out mucus and crust.

If over-the-counter products don’t help, your doctor may prescribe stronger or different types of medicines. Your doctor may also suggest you see an allergist or an ear, nose and throat specialist who can do allergy testing to see if allergy shots (immunotherapy) could give you some relief. Allergy shots help your body adjust to allergens a little at a time to reduce your symptoms.

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Can Seasonal Allergies be Cured?

Seasonal allergies are not usually cured, but certainly we can take care of the majority of the symptoms through medications. A lot of these medications are actually over-the-counter, but there are some medications that can be prescribed by your doctor. If you can't control your symptoms with medications, the doctor could send you to an allergist or even an ear, nose and throat specialist, who can do some allergy testing and get you on allergy shots.

   

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine