Do you have Allergy problems?
Do you suffer from itchy, watery eyes, chronic headaches, constant sneezing, runny nose, or sinus congestion?
If you battle these symptoms, you may have allergy issues. You are not alone; one out of every five Americans is affected by allergies. The most common form is allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Not only can the symptoms of allergic rhinitis lead to misery and lost productivity, but allergies can even lead to more severe health problems including sinusitis and asthma.
If you are…
- Interested in treating the cause of your allergies
- Ready to take control of your allergies and personal health
- Not seeing results after trying other treatments
Relief is here!
At ENT Specialists, we want to get to the root of your problem to help you eliminate your allergy symptoms. We begin by testing you for all nasal allergies including allergens that are unique to the Gulf Coast Area. This testing can demonstrate the specific triggers for your allergy problem and allows us to tailor a treatment plan especially for you.
Once we identify your allergies, we offer a number of treatment options, including allergy avoidance counseling, over-the-counter and prescription medication therapy, allergy injections and sublingual immunotherapy.
Allergy injections remain the cornerstone of ENT Specialists’ immunotherapy program. This tried and true therapy works with your own body’s immune system to naturally desensitize you to your allergen triggers. Most patients will experience a lasting reduction in allergy symptoms, as well as a decreased dependence on allergy medication.
How can you tell if your symptoms are a cold or an allergy?
An allergy is an abnormal reaction or increased sensitivity to certain substances or “allergens.” The allergic individual experiences symptoms when exposed to these substances which are harmless to non-allergic people. While both colds and certain allergies share common symptoms, a cold is caused by a virus and an allergy is triggered by an allergen. Many people who suffer from allergic rhinitis or “hay fever” think that they have colds, when in fact substances in their environment are to blame.
Allergic rhinitis results from an inflammation and irritation of the lining of the nose in response to an allergen.
A cold is frequently accompanied by other symptoms such as sore throat and cough and only lasts 3-5 days, whereas allergic rhinitis tends to come and go and recur during the same season each year.
Common allergy symptoms are: sneezing, runny nose, red, watery or itchy eyes, eye discharge, chronic post nasal drip, congestion, headaches, chronic sinus infections, itchy skin, hives, and ear pain.
Do you experience one or more of these symptoms. How often do you have allergy symptoms? Is it several months of the year or just on a rare occasion? Is it seasonal (trees in the spring, weeds in the fall) or year round (mold, animals, cockroach, dust and dust mites)? Allergies are quite common. According to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, one out of every six Americans suffers from an allergic condition. More than 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis.
The best method for determining if you suffer from allergies and what allergens trigger your symptoms is allergy skin testing. With the results of this test, your physician can confirm the severity of your allergies and formulate a treatment plan.