Anything that causes your body’s immune system to release a histamine–chemicals that causes allergy sufferers’ symptoms–is considered an allergen.
There are plenty of allergy triggers in North Texas that can cause sneezing and itching. Allergies to mold and household dust mites can be bothersome year-round, and depending on individual sensitivities, additional environmental triggers can make allergies worse during various times of the year.
Prevent and relieve your symptoms
Easing allergies with over-the-counter and prescription medications could involve:
Oral antihistamines - Whether in pill form or a nasal spray, oral antihistamines are available both over the counter and by prescription They block the histamine effects, and while today’s antihistamines don’t cause as much drowsiness as earlier versions, some may experience drowsiness which prevents them from taking them on a regular basis.
Decongestants - These narrow the blood vessels in the nose, clearing nasal congestion.
Steroid nasal sprays - These reduce nasal inflammation and the accompanying congestion, sneezing and runny nose.
Immunotherapy allergy shots - These desensitize you to a specific allergen through repeated injections of the substance in gradually increasing amounts, which over time dampens the immune response to allergy triggers to stop the allergic reaction before it starts. Allergy shots are administered in the office (one shot every two weeks) over scheduled weeks or months until patients reach the maintenance stage.