• Common Allergies and Symptoms – Allergens are responsible for symptoms such as hives, itchy skin, dry skin, burning throat, burning palate, watery eyes, itchy eyes, nasal drainage, nasal stuffiness, bouts of sneezing, et al. Common allergens include insect sting, cockroach sting, medications, food, animals, dust mites, mold, grasses, weed, flower pollen, et al. Various diseases can be caused because of allergies. Common diseases include asthma, ear infections and sinusitis. Sometimes, the allergy symptoms are worse for people who have these diseases.
• How ENT Doctor Can Help – The first step involves allergy diagnosis. Here, the ENT doctor will review the patient’s symptoms and family history, and would also perform routine skin testing. Sometimes, blood tests are also used. Next comes allergy testing in which ‘skin prick devices’ are used. Using this device, the allergy of the patient is immediately revealed and the ENT doctor also finds out about the allergic reactions of the patient towards certain common allergens. Then, a specific allergy vaccine is created by technicians to help the patient with the allergy. Antihistamines must be discontinued at least 3 days before allergy testing. The testing involves various allergens including pets, molds, dust mites and pollen.
• Common Treatments – The treatment of allergies is divided into 3 parts – prevention, medication and immunotherapy. Prevention can only be done if there is a diagnosis. Medications are used for controlling the symptoms and they can be either prescriptive or OTC. Immunotherapy is the best treatment available for allergies.
In immunotherapy, the antibodies are blocked by exposing them to various allergens on a repeated basis. The result of this treatment is that the patient’s allergic response is either reduced or eliminated completely. Immunotherapy is recommended by ENT doctors when prevention and medications fail to control the allergy.
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