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Have asthma and taking medications. Any alternatives to stop medications?

Hello Doctor, I m having mild asthma since 2000. My doctor suggested me take 1 tablet Montair-LC ( Levocetrizine , Sodium , Montelukast , Hydrochloride ) and in case of breathing problem (very rarely happen), I have to take foracort-400 inhaler . During every sesonal change I have to consult to doctor because of not feeling well. Now I am fed up of taking medicines, please suggest me if there is any alternative available of any kind of vaccination process present. Thanks in
Asked On : Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response

You need to get an extended panel of allergens tested to know what your allergies are.

This can be done in the form of skin tests (but you need to stop all your current medications for 2 weeks) or get a blood test done (stopping medicines is not necessary), called specific IgE test.

You have allergic rhinitis/asthma, and vaccination (which is called allergen-specific immunotherapy) can be done only after the allergens are known.

This immunotherapy can be done in the form of injections or drops under the tongue, and needs a minimum of 3 years for it to have full effect that lasts as long as 10 years.

Many patients find they can stop all medications (allergy medications), while other patients find that they work much better than they used to before.

You have to get in touch with your local allergist to discuss the above options.

Best Wishes.
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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