What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Allergic Rhinitis?

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What is the best treatment for allergic rhinitis?

The best treatment for allergic rhinitis is immunotherapy. Though avoiding your allergens and taking allergy medications can help manage your allergic rhinitis, it doesn’t treat it at the source. Immunotherapy can retrain your immune system to ignore or tolerate allergen substances.

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What's allergic rhinitis? Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for what we commonly think of as allergies. This is when you have sneezing or watery eyes or stuffy nose, or just kind of feel bad. So these symptoms can be controlled using over the counter anti-histamines or things like nasal sprays or some prescription medications.

But the only way to really change this for the longterm is through what doctors call immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a method of exposing your body to small doses of exactly what you're allergic to until over time as we escalate the doses, your body effectively becomes desensitized. And what this means for you is your symptoms decrease, and sometimes totally go away.

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