When to see your doctor about allergies

 

Pharmacists can advise about the over-the-counter mild steroid creams and anti-histamines available for short-term use.  

If symptoms continue, your doctor can prescribe stronger creams and medications, or refer you for allergen and histamine level tests. Any assistance you can get in identifying your allergen gremlins will help.

And then there’s always HRT….

If your allergies are hormone-related, HRT will help by raising the depleted hormone levels that have compromised your immune system and caused the allergies.

Although there is limited research, a 2010 study found a small increased risk of developing asthma after taking oestrogen-only HRT. There was no effect on asthma risk in women taking a combined HRT including progesterone, which is the main type of HRT prescribed. Your doctor can discuss your personal risk. 

The usual caveat here, that HRT is something to be discussed with your doctor. There are pros and cons to taking it. See our YouTube vlog, What is HRT? We don’t take a view. It’s for you to decide whether it’s for you or not.

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