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Should I have treatment for symptoms of my allergy or cause of my allergy?

Allergy like any other disease has Cause and its Effect. We will call the effect of disease as symptoms of disease. So either one can treat CAUSE or SYMPTOMS of a disease.

For example a person has headache after eating egg then egg is cause of allergy to egg while headache is a symptom. If we treat with aspirin, it is treatment of the symptom. Headache will temporarily improve but will return after some time so you give aspirin again and again. His headache is not due to deficiency of aspirin in his body, it is due to allergy to egg. So treating with aspirin will cause hyper acidity or gastritis and even gastric bleeding but allergy will stay. But if we treat the cause of his allergy, which is egg, then he will get rid of his headache without side-effects and financial stress.

I will give another example about exposure to pollens or dust causing asthma in a patient. So allergy to pollens or dust is the cause and the symptom is breathlessness or asthma. Now if we treat the asthma symptomatically with bronchodilators and steroids, every time the disease will progress with time and he will need more and more medicines every time, leading to accumulation of chemicals in body and weak immune system and huge continuous financial stress on family of the patient. Since the patient does not have asthma due to deficiency of these medicines. He has asthma due to disease of his immune system which has started reacting to pollens or dust.

So for immediate improvement of his symptoms of asthma, the cause should be diagnosed and immune system treated so that it stops reacting.

IF YOU TREAT THE SYMPTOMS, THE PATIENT IS CONTINUOUSLY SPENDING LARGE AMOUNTS ON MEDICINES AND STILL GETS SICKER AND SICKER. WHILE, IF YOU TREAT THE CAUSE OF THE DISEASE THE PATIENT SPENDS MUCH LESSER MONEY AND GETS RID OF THE DISEASE