Our immune system protects our body against foreign particles such as viruses and bacteria. However, in some individuals, their immune system overreacts to something that is typically harmless, such as an allergen, thus resulting in an allergic reaction.
While allergies may not be life-threatening or indicate a serious medical condition, they can interfere with everyday life and impact one’s mental health. In rare cases, they can lead to serious health consequences and may even be fatal.
The symptoms of an allergy can be mild and temporary, but for some people, they can be severe and do not go away without intervention. Allergies can develop in childhood or much later in life, making it difficult to treat in some cases. Managing and coping with allergies through treatments can significantly improve one’s quality of life.
In Singapore, common allergens include:
A wide range of treatment options are available. Allergy treatment is often most effective once you have identified the trigger for your allergies. Therefore, the first step is to consult an experienced specialist who can help you identify your triggers through an allergy skin prick test or allergy blood testing, in some cases, together with a detailed medical history.
You may be asked questions about your lifestyle or home conditions to determine if your allergies are caused by environmental factors such as dust mites or pet dander.
Allergy treatments in Singapore include:
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Allergy treatments can be used to treat the following:
After allergy treatment, you can expect to see improvements in your allergy symptoms. However, note that everyone is different, and results may differ according to your allergy. For example, it may take time for allergy immunotherapy to work as your body needs time to get used to the allergen and become desensitised. Other medications, such as corticosteroids and antihistamines, work quickly to alleviate symptoms.
It depends on the treatment and severity of the allergy. Allergy immunotherapy may take a few treatment sessions, but once your body becomes desensitised to the allergen, the relief usually is long-term.
At the Allergy & Sinus ENT Specialist Clinic in Singapore, we offer a complete range of treatment options to treat allergies in children and adults. These options range from identification of allergens, avoidance, medical and surgical treatment, and various forms of allergen immunotherapy.
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What is the fastest way to get rid of allergies?
Although there is currently no cure for allergies, several medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids, are extremely helpful in relieving symptoms. Avoiding allergy triggers and allergen immunotherapy can also help those suffering from regular or severe allergic reactions.
Can allergies go away?
Yes, you or your child can outgrow allergies. However, you can also develop an allergy at any age.
How do I know what I am allergic to?
Identifying the trigger of your allergy is helpful in treating the symptoms. Doctors usually order blood or skin allergy tests to detect an allergy to pollen, dust mites, or other substances. Skin prick testing is an accurate and common way to test for allergies.