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What Other Treatments and Supplements May Help Allergy Symptoms and Signs?
Allergy shots: These are given to some people who have persistent and disruptive allergy symptoms.
Probiotics: There have been studies that have looked into the use of probiotics (live microorganisms thought to be beneficial to the body) to treat allergies, particularly atopic dermatitis in infants. Results of a recent meta-analysis were mixed, and their effectiveness has not yet been proven. More study is needed about the role of probiotics in the management of allergic reactions.
What Type of Doctors Treat Allergies?
Many different kinds of doctors treat allergies. One may initially see a primary-care provider (PCP), including a general or family practitioner or their child's pediatrician, if allergies are suspected or mild. In severe cases such as anaphylactic reactions, one may see an emergency-medicine specialist in an emergency department.
To manage allergies over the long term, many people see an allergist-immunologist, a physician who specializes in treatment of allergies. One may also see an otolaryngologist (also called an ear, nose, and throat specialist, or ENT) to manage sinus problems. If allergies result in itchy skin or other skin reactions, the patient may see a dermatologist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/12/2016
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