is a long-term problem. It takes time and effort to control allergies through home treatment.
By avoiding or reducing your contact with , you may be able to reduce your allergy symptoms and manage them without medicine or with fewer medicines. Controlling your contact with allergens and reducing your symptoms may also make it less likely you will develop complications such as . You do this by:
For more information, see:
- Allergies: Avoiding Indoor Triggers.
- Allergies: Avoiding Outdoor Triggers.
If avoiding allergens does not relieve your symptoms or is not possible, you:
- May try takingover-the-counter allergy medicines such aschlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, for example), diphenhydramine (Benadryl, forexample), or loratadine (Claritin, for example) to relieve symptoms. Don't give to your child unless you've checkedwith the doctor first.
- Treat a stuffy nose by usingdecongestants orcleaning your nasal passages with saline solution(salt water). Before you give a decongestant to a child, check the label. These medicines may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems.
- May be able to prevent ormanage mild sinus infections by keeping the air inyour home moist and drinking plenty of liquids.
It is helpful to track your symptoms and how they affect you, such as when they keep you from sleeping, make it difficult to concentrate, or make you sleepy. Also track your allergens and how long after exposure to them you develop symptoms. This information will help your doctor prevent and treat the problem. You can keep a symptom diary (What is a document?) to track this information.