Allergies and Covid 19

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Coronavirus Pandemic and Allergies: Medication Considerations

Understanding the Connection

Medications and Immune System:

Some allergy medications may impact the immune system, potentially increasing vulnerability to severe COVID-19 symptoms. Not all anti-allergy drugs have this effect, but it's crucial to be informed.

Seeking Professional Guidance

Consult Your GP or Allergy Team:

If you have concerns about the interaction between your allergy medication and your immune system, reach out to your general practitioner or allergy specialists for expert advice.

Expert Insights from Allergy UK

Immune Response and Antihistamines:

Allergy UK's perspective states that antihistamines are generally not known to suppress the immune response. Inhaled and nasal steroids, targeting specific areas, are considered safe for managing inflammation. However, caution is advised with oral steroids and other immunosuppressive tablets, necessitating a risk-benefit assessment by healthcare professionals.

Managing Medication During Self-Isolation

Ensuring Medication Access:

If you're in self-isolation and require medications, arrange for someone to purchase over-the-counter drugs on your behalf. You may also explore the option of obtaining a repeat prescription from your GP or pharmacist in anticipation of the need for self-isolation.