Millions of Americans struggle with allergies these days. Triggered by a wide range of allergens, such as dust, pollen, or pet dander, allergies can interfere with your quality of life by producing uncomfortable symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, scratchy throat, shortness of breath. If you are struggling with allergies, help is available. The doctors here at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, are your medical professionals for the treatment of allergies.
Allergies can be triggered by a wide range of substances. Examples of common allergens include:
- House dust
- Pet dander
- Certain foods
Several symptoms can result when a person experiences an allergic reaction to a particular substance. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Scratchy throat
- Shortness of breath
Today, there are many treatments that are available for easing the symptoms of allergies, and your Orland Park ENT doctor can recommend the appropriate treatment for your situation. Some of these options include medications, saline nasal rinses, and immunotherapy. While medication and other treatment options target the symptoms caused by allergies, immunotherapy works to prevent allergic reactions by helping the body build up a tolerance to a specific allergen.
Two types of immunotherapy are allergy shots and sublingual drops:
Allergy shots involve injecting small doses of a particular allergen into the body over time. These small doses help the body get used to the allergen, allowing it to develop a tolerance to the allergen over time. Eventually, the body becomes immune to the allergic effects of the allergen, thus greatly diminishing or eliminating the symptoms altogether.
Sublingual drops also work to reduce allergy symptoms by helping the body build up a tolerance to specific allergens. However, with sublingual drops, there are no injections. The body is instead exposed to small doses of the allergen through drops of allergen extract being placed under the tongue for a few minutes at a time. Some patients need to use the drops daily to build up tolerance, while others only need to use the drops a few times a week.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
If you are struggling with allergies, the doctors here at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery can help. To schedule an appointment for the treatment of allergies in Orland Park, call the office at (708) 460-0007. Appointments can also be scheduled at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery’s Evergreen Park or New Lenox locations by calling the same number.