Allergies

More than 50 million Americans experience some form of allergy each year.5 If you are one of them, The Center for ENT can help.
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Allergy Overview

About the Condition

An allergy is a hypersensitive immune response to a particular substance. Many different types of allergies exist, falling into the following broad categories: nasal allergies, eye allergies, skin allergies, food allergies, and insect/venom allergy.

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against germs and bacteria. Comprised of cells, proteins, tissues and organs, it is essential in maintaining your health and preventing infections. When a threat is perceived, the immune system responds by attacking the substances that are invading the body.

Allergies are the result of the immune system responding in an overactive manner. When an allergen is encountered, antibodies—proteins designed to protect against foreign invaders—are produced. They trigger the release of histamines among other mediators, which are responsible for the telltale symptoms of allergies: swelling, inflammation, itching, and mucus production.

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What Do I Do If I Think I Have Allergies?

  • We offer allergy testing to help you pinpoint the exact cause of your allergic reactions, including other health issues that could make symptoms worse.
  • With a proper diagnosis, our allergy specialists can develop a tailored treatment plan to reduce the frequency and severity of allergy flare-ups.
  • At The Center for ENT, we offer a variety of advanced new treatments that provide significant, lasting relief from your worst allergy symptoms, even bothersome nasal allergy symptoms. 
  • When treatment is combined with modified behavior, such as avoiding allergens, most patients go on to live a safer, healthier life.

 

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Get The Relief You Deserve

Life with allergies can be draining. Sleep may be elusive, and medications can make you feel foggy. We can help you learn to avoid certain triggers and reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. With our advanced treatment plans, allergies don’t have to control your life.

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Allergy Types and Treatment

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Nasal and Eye Allergies
Nasal allergy symptoms include nasal congestion, postnasal drainage, sneezing, nasal itching, runny nose, and watery/itchy eyes. These can be caused by "aero-allergens" such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold. Allergy testing can identify what you are allergic to in order to avoid the allergen and treat it properly with medications and/or immunotherapy.

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Skin Allergies
Skin allergies can present in the form of eczema, urticaria, also known as hives, or contact dermatitis. Our allergists will carefully evaluate patients to find out what is triggering these symptoms and how to treat them.

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Food Allergies
Symptoms of an insect/venom allergy can include swelling, sensation of throat closure, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, hives, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and flushed sensation. These symptoms require prompt treatment as they can be life-threatening. Proper management includes identifying the trigger, avoiding it, having an emergency action plan in case of accidental exposure, and treating the condition with venom immunotherapy.

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Insect/Venom Allergy
Symptoms include lip/tongue swelling, sensation of throat closing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, hives, dizziness, and becoming flushed. These symptoms require prompt treatment as they can be life-threatening. Proper management includes identifying the trigger, avoiding it, and having an emergency action plan in case of accidental exposure. In addition, we can use venom immunotherapy to desensitize your body to the allergen.

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Every person is unique. Their treatment plan should be, too. At The Center for ENT, we respect your time and prove our dedication by giving you our undivided attention. You can expect a thorough exam, accurate diagnosis, and a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs.

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