Effective Allergy Management: How ENT Services Can Relieve Your Symptoms
Allergies wreaking havoc on your daily life? From sneezing fits to itchy eyes and congestion, allergies are more than just an inconvenience. If you’ve had enough, it’s time to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist to manage and relieve your symptoms.
Allergies occur when your immune system (over)reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. Your body treats the allergen as if it is harmful, mounting an attack to rid the body of the it. Unfortunately, this results in symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing or a rash or hives. The most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander and certain foods.
While allergies are frustrating to suffer from, ENT specialists are well-equipped to help you manage your symptoms so you can find relief. Some of their approaches include:
- Allergy testing. ENT specialists can perform a comprehensive allergy test to pinpoint your specific allergens. With this information, an effective treatment plan can be created for your unique allergen profile. Allergy testing is usually done through a skin test, blood test or food challenge.
- Allergy treatment plan. Once you’ve identified your allergens, an ENT can create a personalized treatment plan. This may include strategies like allergen avoidance, prescription or over-the-counter medications or immunotherapy (allergy shots).
- Minimally invasive procedures. In some cases, allergies can lead to chronic sinusitis (sinus infections) or nasal polyps. When these complications won’t go away on their own, an ENT specialist can perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures to address the issue.
- Education. ENT doctors want you to be an equal part in your allergy management; after all, these are your allergies and symptoms. ENTs will educate you on allergy management strategies, support you in understanding your allergies better and provide guidance on reducing exposure to allergies to prevent symptoms.
With the right treatment plan in place, you can expect to find long-term relief from your allergy symptoms. The first step towards relief is scheduling an appointment with an ENT specialist. Call Biltmore ENT at (602) 560-1085 to get started on the path to effective allergy management and symptom relief.