Should you turn to an otolaryngologist for allergy treatment?
Sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion are common symptoms of allergies. Our Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park, IL, otolaryngologists are here to provide you with the diagnosis and treatment plan you need to breathe easier when you are dealing with allergy problems. Here’s what you should know about allergies,
What is an allergy?
An allergy is when your body’s immune system interprets a harmless substance as a foreign invader, resulting in symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and a stuffy or runny nose. Most allergies are a nuisance but relatively harmless; however, an allergy can be severe and even life-threatening in some rare cases.
What are common allergens?
While someone can develop an allergy to just about anything, certain substances are more likely to cause allergies than others. Common allergies include,
- Hay fever
- Dust mite (the most common allergy)
- Pet dander
- Insect bites and stings
What is involved in allergy testing?
Our ENT doctor can quickly diagnose your allergy with a simple skin test, which shows how your immune system responds to certain allergens if you are dealing with symptoms. We will also discuss your personal and family medical history and your environment and lifestyle to determine whether you may have allergies.
How are allergies treated?
Medication is usually the most common and simplest way to ease allergy symptoms. Your doctor will discuss the type of medication that will work best for you, depending on the kind of symptoms you are experiencing. If your allergy is mild, then simple over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, nasal sprays, and eye drops may be all you need. If symptoms don’t respond to over-the-counter medications, an allergy specialist will be able to prescribe a stronger antihistamine. Those with severe allergies may benefit from immunotherapy or allergy shots.
Whether you are having trouble getting some of your allergy symptoms under control or aren’t sure whether you are dealing with allergies, our Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park, IL, ENT team can provide you with the treatment you need. Century Ear, Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgery is also proud to serve the New Lenox and Evergreen Park, IL, areas. Call us at (708) 460-0007.