What are allergies?
It might be the most wonderful time of the year if it weren’t for your runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. If you are an allergy sufferer then you may spend certain months of the year hiding inside longing to be outdoors. While minor allergies can be managed with home remedies and over-the-counter antihistamines, when these medications and DIY treatments just aren’t cutting it, it’s time to turn to our Evergreen Park, IL ENT doctor for answers.
Who develops allergies?
Allergies can happen to anyone; however, we tend to see allergies first flare-up in childhood. These symptoms may disappear as your child gets older but appear again once they become adults. If your immediate family deals with allergies, chances are good that you’ll also deal with them at some point. Smoking, hormones and perfume may also trigger reactions in those with allergies.
Should I see an ENT doctor about my allergies?
If symptoms are mild perhaps you aren’t too bothered by them and can handle them on your own; however, there are countless individuals who battle months-long or even year-round allergies. If you feel like you’re always dealing with allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, cough or facial pressure then it’s time to see your otolaryngologist.
What can an ENT doctor do?
Instead of turning to a regular physician, an ENT doctor specializes in treating problems that affect the ears, nose and throat. This means that you’ll get more comprehensive care and treatment when you come into our office. Our Orland Park, IL, ENT doctors can provide a battery of allergy tests to confirm what type of allergies you have.
From there, we can offer a wide range of treatments depending on the type and severity of your allergies. We may prescribe stronger antihistamines, or recommend immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots) for those with more severe and persistent symptoms. There are a variety of medications on the market that can help you get your allergy or asthma symptoms under control. We will also provide you with lifestyle modifications to reduce allergen exposure.
Century Ear, Nose and Throat - Head and Neck Surgery has been providing allergy treatment to patients in Orland Park, New Lenox and Evergreen Park, IL, since 1960. If you are looking for professional allergy relief, or you want to find out what allergies you’re dealing with, give us a call at (708) 460-0007.