May 01, 2021

Video Explaining Allergy Medication Differences


There are many allergy medications on the market which can make it bewildering for a patient to know what to get and whether it is safe to combine more than one type of allergy medication. This video will explain in hopefully a simple understandable way how an anti-histamine differs from a steroid nasal spray differs from all the rest. 


To begin, a water balloon represents the mast cell inside a person’s body which is responsible for allergic reactions. To prevent an allergic reaction, you do NOT want the water inside the balloon from getting out. The water itself represents the chemicals including histamine that trigger an allergic reaction such as a sneeze, runny nose, itching, etc. Allergic substances like ragweed are symbolized by needles that are trying to pop the water balloon.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.


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Allergy Medications Explained - Can You Take More Than One?