Allergies: Symptoms and Common Treatments


As the season of autumn approaches, so do the allergy symptoms. Allergies are the unnatural reactions of the body to a substance that is, in normal circumstances, completely harmless. For instance, a lot of people have pollen allergy. When pollen is absorbed in their body and goes into the bloodstream, the body thinks that it is an infection and starts producing antibodies to fight it. The antibodies produce mass cells which, in turn, produce histamine which is the main cause for the symptoms manifesting in a person due to an allergy. The following are some things you should know about allergies –

• 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.

1 out of 6 people in the US face allergies. Call our specialist now and say goodbye to your allergies forever.

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Settling Disputes With Insurance Companies

Insurance coverage for the home provides peace of mind. Maintaining proper homeowner’s insurance means a partial or total recouping of damage costs when disaster strikes. However, homeowners are often at the mercy of their insurance company’s adjustment team. Insurance providers are in the business of making money, just like everyone else. They want to pay as little as possible on a damage claim, and their in-house adjusters are committed to saving the company money.

A public insurance adjuster works on behalf of the insured, not the insurance company. Homeowners who experience property damage are encouraged to seek the professional help offered by a public adjuster if they want to receive the maximum claims payout on their settlement.

How The Process Works
A homeowner’s insurance policy can be complicated. Depending on the coverage level and the types of coverage included, various exclusions may apply to a certain type of disaster. For example, many policies cover different amounts for fire damage than they do for flooding or water damage. The actual damage estimates figured by the homeowner must be phrased properly in order for the coverage to apply. These disputed coverage allowances can be difficult for the homeowner to understand, and this is where a public adjuster can help.

When a homeowner suffers through a disaster such as fire, flood, or windstorm, he or she is devastated. It’s not easy to pull one’s self together and focus on filing a claim. In addition, what the homeowner really needs is emergency funding, and although the insurance policy may include this provision, it may be difficult to get the provider to quickly advance the needed funds.

A public adjuster will carefully review the policy, assist the homeowner with the creation of an emergency fund, complete the damage estimate report, and be on hand to guide the property owner through the negotiations process. The goal is to maximize the claims settlement total to the client’s complete satisfaction.

Immediate Assistance Available
The time to contact a public claims adjuster is immediately after a disaster that causes damage to the property. It is imperative that the homeowner file a preliminary claim within 48 hours after the damage occurs. This report sets off a fact-finding stage of the claim, and this is when claimants need assistance the most.

Insurance companies don’t drag their feet when it comes to processing a claim. Rather, they want to settle very quickly with the policyholder, and they want to pay out as little as they can. If the homeowner contracts the services of a public adjuster immediately after the damage or loss is suffered, the better the chances of reporting accurately to the insurance company.

Professional, Personal Service From BenchMark PA

BenchMark Public Adjusting Group is on the side of the insured. We offer professional advice, consultation, and expert claims adjustment service for property owners. Our company charges no upfront costs to get the process underway. BenchMark PA is committed to settling the property damage claim with the highest possible settlement amount received by the insured.
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How to Know a Neck Injury is Serious

How to Know a Neck Injury is Serious

We have all had some type of neck injury at some time or other in our lives. When you wake up with that crick in your neck, or you stretch too far in exercise class and get a stiff neck, you’ve been a victim of a minor injury to your neck. Neck injuries can range from a nuisance that can be taken care of with home remedies to a severe injury that affects the spinal cord. If you have been a victim of a serious injury to your neck, you need to get medical care as soon as possible. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and know the signs that a major concern could be taking place in your neck.

neck-spine-painSymptoms of a Serious Injury to Your Neck

Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident, a fall, or a contact sport injury, you could be dealing with a major injury to your neck. Some signs of severe injury include:

  • Sharp pain that is debilitating
  • The inability to turn your head
  • Swelling in your neck
  • Numbness or tingling extending to your arms accompanied by pain in your neck
  • Paralysis in the rest of your body after a neck injury

Treating a Serious Injury to the Neck

If you are experiencing symptoms of a severe injury to your neck, you need to remain still. You should call 911 or ask someone else to do so for you. Paramedics will arrive and immobilize your neck. You will be transported to a nearby medical facility and thoroughly evaluated. Expect questions about what led to your injury, your symptoms, and a physical examination. Medical imagery will be able to pinpoint the full extent of your injury and allow doctors to take action.  Upon completing your examination, you can submit your MRI to North American Spine, and they will give you a second opinion along with information on whether your injury may need further attention.

Common Alternatives for Neck Injuries

If there has been damage to the vertebrae or spinal cord, neck surgery will be the most likely course of action to preserve your spinal health or prevent further damage. Issues involving the spinal cord itself are of the most serious nature and can result in permanent paralysis. However, with immediate treatment, the worst can be avoided in some cases. Many injuries will involve rest, wearing a brace, and taking pain relievers. Massage therapy and physical therapy are often helpful in taking care of injuries to the neck as well.

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