Not many health insurance providers maintain contracts with companies that provide allergy relief. However, it is interesting to note that some health insurance companies pay for the treatment of allergy symptoms but never the treatment of the root cause. One also has to note that if you already have coverage for allergies, consider yourself lucky because there are only very few insurers that provide this kind of coverage.
The question is, why aren’t allergies covered by insurance companies? According to experts, most insurers do not have this kind of coverage because most medications for allergies are OTC drugs and as long as they are available as OTC drugs companies will never cover them.
Having an allergy means the body reacts to certain substances found in food, dust, or mold. There are also seasonal irritants that can cause allergies including pollen that can trigger itchy eyes, rashes and even trouble breathing. Things that can cause allergies include house dust mites, food products such as eggs and milk, pollen from grasses and trees, certain medications, chemicals used in the home for cleaning, insects, dogs, cats and molds.
The usual treatment of such allergies of course is the use of drugs that ease the irritation. These drugs are sold over the counter as mentioned before and they only treat the symptoms of allergies.
It is important for someone who suffers from allergic reactions to either avoid the irritant or be ready with a drug that suppresses the symptoms. Since medications for allergies are readily available, those who have a lot of allergies should always be ready with meds. How do these medications work though? Experts say that medications for allergies will not cure the allergy per se but will only ease the irritation caused by symptoms such as sneezing and wheezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and the like. There are different kinds of antihistamines though, some available in cream or liquid form while others available as oral medication.
If you really need health insurance coverage that will shoulder the expenses for your allergy medication, it is best to ask around or go to a comparison website to look for one. Not many health insurance companies provide such coverage so looking for one that does will be a bit difficult.