Managing symptoms of asthma and seasonal allergies can be a real task for people who suffer from both. While there is no cure for asthma or allergies – like seasonal allergies –there are treatments available that, in most cases, can help to control symptoms. Some of these treatments are detailed below.
Treating seasonal allergies
These aim to provide quick relief of symptoms by lessening the effects of histamine which is one of the chemicals released by the body during an allergic reaction. They can reduce sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, and itchy throats for a while. Newer antihistamines may reduce drowsiness while some may interact with certain medicines and foods. A doctor or pharmacist can advise regarding proper usage.
These can help relieve a blocked nose. They are generally recommended for use no longer than a few days at a time.
These aim to prevent symptoms from developing by suppressing the allergic reaction. With seasonal allergies (hay fever), you need to begin treatment several weeks before the ‘high season’ for your particular allergic reaction. Until now, these have been delivered with eye drops and nasal sprays, which you must use correctly if they are to be effective. Some preventer medications contain corticosteroids. If you need to take these long-term, you’ll need to discuss this with your doctor.
Treating asthma and seasonal allergies together
There are treatments available for people with both mild to moderate asthma and seasonal allergies which are available by prescription from your doctor. They work by blocking the action of naturally occurring chemicals in the lungs which play a part in the normal inflammatory process of asthma and allergy symptoms and could lead to inflammation in both upper and lower airways.
Treating asthma and seasonal allergies together can help reduce the number of medications that you’re taking, and may be more convenient for you in balancing your asthma and allergy treatments.
At your next check-up, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about how seasonal allergies affects your asthma and which treatment(s) may be suitable for you.