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Allergy treatments
The best way to avoid allergies is to stay away from whatever triggers the reaction. If that’s not possible, there are treatment options available.

Medication

Allergy treatment often includes medications like antihistamines to control symptoms. The medication can be over the counter or prescription. What your doctor recommends depends on the severity of your allergies.

Allergy medications include:

antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
corticosteroids
cetirizine (Zyrtec)
loratadine (Claritin)
cromolyn sodium (Gastrocrom)
decongestants (Afrin, Suphedrine PE, Sudafed)
leukotriene modifiers (Singular, Zyflo)

Immunotherapy

Many people opt for immunotherapy. This involves several injections over the course of a few years to help the body get used to your allergy. Successful immunotherapy can prevent allergy symptoms from returning.

Emergency epinephrine

If you have a severe, life-threatening allergy, carry an emergency epinephrine shot. The shot counters allergic reactions until medical help arrives. Common brands of this treatment include EpiPen and Twinject.

Some allergic responses are a medical emergency.

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