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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
May 25, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

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,

  • Pollen
  • Hay fever
  • Dust mite (the most common allergy)
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Food
  • Latex
  • Medication

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.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
February 24, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Allergies  

Allergies, whether they're seasonal or year-round, make you feel miserable and may even interfere with your usual routine. Fortunately, your ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists at Century Ear, Nose and Throat, can recommend strategies that will reduce your symptoms and prescribe medications that will relieve your itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and congestion. The doctors serve the entire Orland Park, New Lenox and Evergreen Park, IL, areas from their offices in Oak Lawn, Lemont and Orland Park.

What you can do to prevent allergy symptoms

Following a few of these recommendations may help you manage your allergies:

  • Clear the Air: HEPA filters and air-conditioners trap allergens and can help reduce or prevent allergy flare-ups. Open windows and doors make it easy for allergens to enter your home. Although you may be tempted to open your windows on a warm day, it's best to turn on your air-conditioner instead.
  • Mop, Vacuum and Wash: Get rid of allergens that have found their way into your home by mopping or vacuuming floors often. Vacuum upholstered furniture and launder bedding at least once a week.
  • Use Dust Mite Covers: Dust mites are microscopic pests that consume the dead skin cells you shed. The mites are commonly found in bedding and can trigger allergy symptoms. Covering pillows and mattresses with dust mite covers offers a simple way to reduce your exposure to pests.
  • Check the Air-Quality Forecast: If pollen, ragweed or mold trigger your allergies, be sure to check the levels of these allergens on weather websites before you venture outside. If the level of an allergen is high, it may be best to put off outdoor activities.
  • Take Off Your Shoes and Wipe Those Paws: Your shoes and your pet's paws can spread allergens throughout your house. Get into the habit of taking off your shoes and wiping your pet's paws with a damp cloth as soon as you enter your home. You can also use the cloth to get rid of allergens that may have drifted onto your pet's fur.
  • See Your ENT: If taking these steps doesn't improve your allergies, pay a visit to your Orland Park, New Lenox, Lemont, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park, IL, area ENTs. The doctors can prescribe medications that ease your symptoms, like decongestants, antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops, or recommend immunotherapy to alter your body's response to allergens.

Are you struggling to keep your allergies under control? Schedule an appointment with your Oak Lawn, Lemont and Orland Park, IL, ENTs by calling (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
November 22, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergies  

If you are dealing with symptoms of allergies, you may think you just need to see a local allergist. However, if the problem is more serious or if there is an underlying condition, you are better off seeing an ENT specialist. We understand the importance of your health here at Century Ear, Nose & Throat and have doctors ready to treat your symptoms as they relate to allergies in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL.

An ENT Can Help You Find Relief

When you are constantly turning to over-the-counter treatments to only get no relief from your symptoms, you need professional guidance. While it is recommended to try OTC treatments first, as they are helpful for a little over half of the allergy sufferers, there comes a point in time when you need to see an ENT to try something different.

First, the ENT doctor will perform an allergy test to identify the source of your allergies. This will help in the development of the most appropriate treatment plan for allergies in Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL.

An ENT Can Reduce Your Risk of Future Sinus Issues

If you have been dealing with constant sinus problems, it is time to sit down with an ENT specialist to discuss the possibility of a serious ENT problem. Did you know that individuals who suffer from sinus infections and sinus pain on a regular basis are more at risk of developing future infections as well as a variety of problems with the sinuses?

An ENT Can Help Get Your Life Back on Track

More often than not, if you are dealing with allergies of any kind, those symptoms are affecting other areas of your life. For instance, you are probably finding it difficult to get a good night’s rest. This can roll over into your day, potentially keeping you from being productive at work because you are so fatigued from failing to sleep well the night before. Your allergy symptoms may also be keeping you from maintaining a regular exercise routine or eating a well-balanced diet. If your allergy symptoms are interfering with your daily life, an ENT doctor can offer treatment that will help you get your life back.

Allergies can be incredibly overwhelming, but don’t let the symptoms control everything about you and your life. For allergy testing and management, call Century Ear, Nose & Throat at 708-460-0007 to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT specialists who proudly serve the Orland Park, New Lenox, Evergreen Park IL areas for allergies.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
September 08, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: 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, New Lenox, and Orland 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 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.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
September 10, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

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.

Common Allergens

Allergies can be triggered by a wide range of substances. Examples of common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • House dust
  • Pet dander
  • Certain foods
  • Medications
  • Mold

Allergy Symptoms

Several symptoms can result when a person experiences an allergic reaction to a particular substance. Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Hives
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus congestion
  • Scratchy throat
  • Shortness of breath

Allergy Treatments

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.