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The most effective treatment plan for an allergic reaction uses a multifaceted approach. Treatment plans are also individualized to best address the specific cause and severity of the allergic reaction, and the patient's age and medical history. In general, allergies and allergic reactions are highly treatable, although they are generally not curable. On occasion, some young children might "grow out" of an allergy and stop having allergic reactions to a particular substance.
Treatment of an allergic reaction begins with prevention. This includes diagnosing the specific allergen or allergens and avoiding exposure to them. For example, for a person who has been diagnosed with dust allergies, it may be recommended that they "allergy proof" their house by regularly having heating vents cleaned and eliminating carpeting and draperies, which can trap and hold dust.
Mild to moderate respiratory and skin symptoms of an allergic reaction can be treated with a variety of over-the-counter or prescription medications available in pill, liquid, and nasal spray forms. These include corticosteroids, antihistamines, decongestants, leukotriene modifiers, and cromolyn sodium.
Treatment may also include such measures as staying in air-conditioned buildings when pollen counts are high and using cool compresses on itchy eyes and skin.
Allergic reaction injections are may be prescribed for people who do not respond readily to less invasive medications. For anaphylactic reactions, injectable epinephrine is generally used. Allergic asthma may be treated with bronchodialators inhaled in a mist form.
Some of the possible treatments for Allergic reaction from various sources may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Allergic reaction:
More causes: not all possible causes for Allergic reaction are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Allergic reaction.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Allergic reaction' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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