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6 Drug-Free Allergy Remedies

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6 Drug-Free Allergy Remedies

From Experience Life

Going Beyond a Box of Pills

Allergy sufferers drive a lot of revenue for pharmaceutical companies. The antihistamine category alone includes some 40 different brands and rakes in $5 billion in U.S. sales each year. People with allergies can also partake of intranasal corticosteroids, leukotrine inhibitors, intranasal decongestants, oral decongestants, intranasal anticholergics and mast-cell stabilizers. Although some of these medications might do a good job of controlling symptoms, they often provoke moderate to serious side effects. And they don’t actually attend to the root causes of allergies. Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives worth exploring:

Alternative # 1: Immunotherapy
Motto:
When you’re sick of treating symptoms, go for the cure.

How it works:
Put drops of allergen extracts under your tongue three times a day, for three to five years. You may experience initial results within months, and, over time, your body becomes tolerant of the allergen. The treatment is also available as a doctor-administered injection.

Good for:
Allergic rhinitis and asthma. Some doctors are using the under-the-tongue method to treat food allergies, as well.

Does it work?
Numerous studies have shown injection-based immunotherapy — around for more than 100 years — to be an effective treatment for allergies. Physicians began using the drops method about 30 years ago. Various studies have confirmed its effectiveness, but not to the same indisputable degree as injection-based immunotherapy. A couple of important notes: Many people never finish immunotherapy because the treatment takes so many years to complete. Insurance usually covers office visits and testing; the drops, while not expensive, are generally not covered by insurance.

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Experience Life magazine is an award-winning health and fitness publication that aims to empower people to live their best, most authentic lives, and challenges the conventions of hype, gimmicks and superficiality in favor of a discerning, whole-person perspective. Visit experiencelife.com to learn more and to sign up for the Experience Life newsletter, or to subscribe to the print or digital version.

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2:10PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

thanks

6:26AM PDT on May 15, 2011

thanks

11:36PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Good information.

12:12PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Thank God for this

3:59PM PDT on May 5, 2011

As an allergy sufferer...thank you very much for the article

6:45AM PDT on May 4, 2011

THANK YOU

12:03AM PDT on May 4, 2011

As an allergy sufferer, I wish I could find a cure.
I have suffered with allergy for over 30 years.
I didn't know about alternative #1, and it doesn't
sound like something I would like to do. What
are the side affects, if any?

9:29AM PDT on May 3, 2011

My brother was doing the injections. But they were SO expensive and he would cry every time we had to go (we went every week and he was only 3 years old) and he wasnt improving.

10:19PM PDT on May 2, 2011

I have severe grass allergies and have opted for the injections. This is my 3rd year and I'm hoping it works this time. I've tried everything and have an excellent diet. The fact that I was raised in Canada and now live on a rural property with huge #s of grasses to which I had never been exposed prior to adulthood has intensified my allergic reaction.
I make a point of having my girls play in dirt and we have pets. Our lives are far from sterile and I hope my girls' immune system benefits from exposure.

10:15AM PDT on May 2, 2011

noted thx

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