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Nobody but a doctor is qualified to prescribe medicines. Pharmaceutical products mentioned here are for reference only.

NEVER take medicine without first consulting your doctor!

Antihistamines:
are used mainly in the case of allergic rhinitis and in all allergic skin disorders. Older antihista-mines had the drawback of making you drowsy. The newer ones ("2nd generation antihistamines") no longer do this. Moreover, they rarely cause any side effects. Today, it is so safe and easy to use antihistamines, they are generally considered the first-line treatment for allergy symptoms.

Mast cell stabilisers:
are used to prevent allergic attacks (e.g. asthma, rhinitis and conjunctivitis), not to treat their symptoms. Therefore, they should be taken b e f o r e attacks are likely to occur, often over long periods.

Bronchodilators:
(which ease breathing) are often used in the treatment of asthma. Theophylline (an adrenaline-like drug) and products of the sympatheticomimetic group are bronchodilators. Corticosteroids (cortisone derivatives) in some case can also be very useful. Allergy is another way of saying "inflammation", which is why cortisone, which fights inflammation, can be so useful. Cortisone derivatives are safe provided they are prescribed and taken according to precise instructions.  
 


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