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Step 1: Verify the symptoms you are experiencing:

Common symptoms of allergy include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Extremely dry, itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Fatigue

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergy.

Symptoms of Anaphylaxis:

  • Generalized urticaria and angioedema
  • Itching, tightness in the throat and
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Skin itching, hives, redness
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, cramps in the abdomen
  • Respiratory difficulty,
  • A cough, wheeze

Only a few symptoms may be present. The severity of symptoms can change quickly.

Step 2: Attend any medical facility / Allergist’s Chamber.

Bring all past medical records. Tell your physician about the symptoms.

Step 3: Do Allergy test.

Your physician may advise you to do certain test to find out the cause.

Most common Allergy test includes the following:

  • Skin test/Skin Prick Test (SPT)
  • Blood test to detect allergen-specific IgE
  • Elimination diet
  • Oral food challenge

Step 4: Follow medication as prescribed by your physician.

Your Allergist most probably prescribe any of the following medication

Medications include-

Antihistamines: the most common medicine used for allergy. These medicines are effective in mild to moderate allergic reactions.

Most common Antihistamines include but not limited to:

  • Fexofenadine
  • Cetirizine
  • Levocetirizine
  • Desloratadine


The decongestant can be used to relieve a stuffy nose and sinus pressure. These medications can be used for a short period of time.

Decongestants include:

  • Oxymetazoline
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Phenylephrine

Eye drops:

These medicines can be used for a short period of time.


  • Steroid nasal sprays for a long term.
  • Oral steroid for a short period of time.


  • Immunotherapy or allergy shots can change the natural history of allergic disease.
  • It can cure allergy in a few patients.
  • It requires long-term treatment.

For severe allergic reaction or in anaphylaxis:

Injection Adrenaline/ Epinephrine. This can be given by personal adrenaline autoinjector or in the hospital.

You can ask a question on Allergy by filling up the following form. This is for a further opinion from the expert. But please remember that a personal contact with any Allergist / Physician is the best for any patient. Any internet advice is not the substitution of any medical condition. It may take time to respond to each and every query.

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