Need Allergy Relief?
We work with you to pinpoint the cause of your allergy symptoms. The key in treating allergies is avoiding the inciting allergens. Minimize your allergen exposure by:
- Keeping doors and windows in the car and house closed
- Using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter
- Changing your clothes and showering after working outdoors for long periods of time
- Rinsing your nose with over-the-counter nasal saline
If the above measures don’t work, there are common treatments that we can recommend, both invasive and non-invasive.
Nasally- and orally- administered medications have been shown to be effective in treating allergies. These include steroids and antihistamines. Because nasal sprays are administered topically and act locally, the risk of systemic side effects is low. The newest generation of oral antihistamines similarly have a low side effect profile due to their specificity in treating allergy-related symptoms. Medicines alone frequently do not provide adequate relief for patients. In this case patients undergo allergy testing. Testing will provide information on what substances are causing the patient’s allergies and also a starting point for immunotherapy.
78 percent of those who suffer from allergies say that nasal congestion is the most bothersome symptom. Difficulty breathing through the nose is frequently due to an underlying, anatomical abnormality which can be divided into two categories — static and dynamic. The most common causes of a static obstruction are a deviated nasal septum and turbinate hypertrophy. Treatment involves simple, minimally invasive procedures called septoplasty and turbinate reduction. Occasionally, an additional procedure may be recommended to strengthen the sidewall of the nose to prevent dynamic collapse. Pain following these procedures is minimal and patients are typically able to return to normal daily activities within five days.
Immunotherapy is an option for patients who do not obtain adequate relief in their allergy symptoms despite being on multiple medications. This modality takes advantage of the immune system. After successfully completing treatment, individuals produce “blocking” antibodies to their allergens and no longer experience the inflammatory reaction responsible for allergy symptoms. Immunotherapy comes in two flavors, allergy shots or sublingual drops. Our physicians will help determine which option best suits you.
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