Allergy Care & Treatment
You're not alone if you suffer form allergies. In fact, millions of
American's 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 in the environment that
doesn't affect most other people. People often think of allergy as
only "hayfever," with sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness
and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause symptoms such
as chronic "sinus" problems, postnasal drip, head congestion,
frequent "colds," reoccurring 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.
SWLA Ear, Nose and Throat can diagnose and treat allergies affecting the
ear, nose and throat. The specialty of Ear, Nose Throat is also called
Otolaryngology, and we sometimes refer to allergy problems in this area
of the body as Otolaryngic Allergy.
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);
- Pharmacotherapy (medications); and
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots or desensitization)
The first most basic treatment step, once an allergen has been identified,
is to eliminate or avoid contact with it, if possible. Unfortunately,
avoiding some allergens (such as dust, molds, and animals) is often difficult
and thus allergen avoidance alone may not be effective.
Medications can frequently control allergy symptoms. These may include
antihistamines, decongestants, prescription nasal sprays, leukotriene
inhibitors and other types of products.
When allergen avoidance and medications do not successfully control allergy
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 given after allergy testing has revealed what
it is that the patient is allergic to.
Over time it may be possible to actually alter a person's excessive
response to these environmental allergens, and both improve symptoms,
as well as decrease the need for medications and allergen avoidance for
Why Seek the Care of an Allergy Specialist?
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, other non-allergic diseases of the upper respiratory tract
can also be efficiently diagnosed and treated. To diagnose and treat your
allergies, SWLA Ear, Nose and Throat uses methods that have been shown
to not only identify specific allergens, but also to achieve effective
control of allergies quickly.
When to See a Specialist
The following represent circumstances under which a patient should seek
- 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, such as chronic
sinusitis, nasal polyps, fluid in the middle ear, chronic ear infections,
deviated septum, vocal disturbances, or enlarged adenoids or tonsils may
- When complications associated with treatment of difficulty in controlling
allergy symptoms are affecting the patient's quality of life.
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