Treatments For Allergies
A Few Words About Allergies of the Ear, Nose and Throat You’re not alone if you suffer from allergies. In fact, millions of Americans have them. Allergies can appear at any age, and can even disappear in childhood only to reappear in adulthood. Allergy is a condition, often inherited, in which the immune system of the affected person reacts to something eaten or something in the environment that doesn't affect most other people. People often think of an allergy as only "hay fever," with sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic "sinus" problems, post-nasal drip, head congestion, frequent "colds," recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, chronic cough and asthma. Even stomach and intestinal problems, many skin rashes, chronic headaches, and fatigue can be symptoms of allergy.
Your Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Allergist is a specialist who can diagnose and treat allergies affecting the ear, nose and throat. The specialty of Ear, Nose, and Throat is also called Otolaryngology, and we sometimes refer to allergy problems in this area of the body as Otolaryngic Allergy. An ear, nose, and throat physician treats all ages, ranging from infants to seniors.Â The expertise of an otolaryngologist can benefit patients with allergies, chronic ear infections, delayed speech caused by fluid in the ears, dizziness, recurrent tonsillitis, and snoring due to enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids.Â In addition, we offer both medical and surgical treatments for problems such as hearing difficulties, chronic sinusitis, snoring, and chronic hoarseness or other vocal problems that can affect patients of all ages.
An ear, nose, and throat physician treats all ages, ranging from infants to seniors. The expertise of an otolaryngologist can benefit patients with allergies, chronic ear infections, delayed speech caused by fluid in the ears, dizziness, recurrent tonsillitis, and snoring due to enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids.Â In addition, we offer both medical and surgical treatments for problems such as hearing difficulties, chronic sinusitis, snoring, and chronic hoarseness or other vocal problems that can affect patients of all ages.
Despite the advances in allergy care during the past several decades, there are still only three basic accepted approaches to allergy care:
- Avoidance of the offending allergens (the things to which a person is allergic)
- The first and most basic step, once an allergen has been identified, is to eliminate or avoid contact with it, if possible. Unfortunately, avoiding some allergens, such as dust, mold and animals is often difficult, and thus allergen avoidance alone may not be effective.
- Pharmacotherapy (medications)
- Medications can frequently control allergy symptoms. These may include antihistamines, decongestants, prescription nasal sprays and other types of products.
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots or desensitization)
- When allergen avoidance and medications do not successfully control symptoms, the Otolaryngic Allergist can alter the body’s overactive response by carefully challenging the patient’s immune system through regular injections of the actual allergens to which a patient is sensitive. This treatment, very similar to the vaccination for infectious diseases such as the flu, can be administered after allergy testing has determined what has triggered the allergic response.
Why seek the care of an Otolaryngic Allergist?
An Otolaryngic Allergist is able to diagnose and treat disorders of the upper respiratory tract (ear, nose, throat, etc.) caused by allergic conditions. Because the Otolaryngic Allergist is an ear, nose, and throat surgeon and specialist (ENT), other non-allergic diseases of the upper respiratory tract can also be efficiently diagnosed and treated.
To diagnose and treat your allergies, the Otolaryngic Allergist uses methods that have been shown to not only identify specific allergens, but also to achieve effective control of allergies quickly.
When Should You See A Specialist?
Under the following circumstances, the patient should seek consultation with an Otolaryngic Allergist:
- When the diagnosis of an ear, nose, or throat allergy or cause of an ear, nose, or throat symptom is uncertain
- When allergy or ear, nose or throat symptoms are not adequately controlled
- When special diagnostic allergy tests are needed
- When specialized treatment such as immunotherapy is needed
- When other related ear, nose, and throat medical problems are present, such as
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Nasal Polyps
- Fluid In The Middle Ear
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Deviated Septum
- Vocal Disturbances
- Enlarged Adenoids Or Tonsils
- When complications associated with treatment or difficulty in controlling allergy symptoms are affecting the patient's quality of life.
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