One of the most common and dangerous allergy reactions is ‘Anaphylaxis’. What makes it so dangerous is the pace at which it attacks the body. In some cases, it can even cause throat swelling or worse, the complete shutdown of the throat. For those who suffer from this kind of allergy, doctors commonly prescribe a medicine called Epi Pen. Epi pen is quite an effective anti allergen. If the patient’s condition begins to deteriorate suddenly then Epi Pen can provide instant relief.
But in most cases allergy problems do no reach such severity. There are number of very good medicines available without the need for a doctor’s prescription. But you should be doubly cautious not confuse one form of allergy with another. One of the ways of doing this is by trying a small sample on the patients. Proceed with a heavier dosage only if the medicine is working. In case of any adverse reaction immediately consult a doctor.
The side effects
One of the biggest curses of modern day allopathic medicine is the phenomenon of side effects. Side effects range from nominal to severe. Like most of the medicines available on the counter or on doctor’s prescription, anti allergens too have their sets of side effects. If you are taking the medicine on your own; do read the label carefully. If the information regarding side effects is not available; then either inquire about it from the chemist or simply avoid taking it. Similarly, while taking a medicine on the doctor’s prescription, do ask him about its side effects.
Even a medicine as inconsequential as a simple pain killer; has its own share of side effects. It is simply a choice on the patient’s part, whether he is ready to make that bargain or not.
Range of allergy products
The heavily marketed allergy medicines like Claritin and Tylenol also have their set of side effects. The most common of side effects include drying of nasal passages, which can be a very uncomfortable sensation. These medicines can also open your nose passages so thoroughly that you might end up having a runny nose.
You might complain by saying that what’s the point of having a medicine that takes away one problem and gives you another? But you have to choose between the lesser devil; at least that is how modern day allopathic medicines work. Benadryl is another of more commonly used anti allergens, but it also causes severe drowsiness.
Non prescription medicines can be a ray of hope in a scene filled with side effects. A medicine like Advil can help you with allergy induced headaches. If you are suffering from a blocked nasal passage, you can try some of these home remedies like, taking a shower or drinking coffee. If you have allergy to some specific food item or spice, avoid it. If you have dog or cat allergies, immediately consult your doctor and avoid keeping a pet. Prevention is better than cure is a cliché but like most clichés it still works. So it is advisable to keep a track of what kind of environments, changes or allergens affect you the most. Simply avoiding them will certainly help a lot in avoiding allergies.
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Kate is a blogger by profession. She loves travelling and exploring new places. Beside this she is very particular about her fitness and health. These days she is reading a book on essential supplements in diet to substitute protein. Recently she wrote a fabulous article on skin care for winters.