According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children experience allergy symptoms ranging from mild (the occasional sneeze) to severe skin reactions. Allergy testing and treatment can give you relief in advance of the spring and summer seasons when allergies commonly tend to flare up. Explore the allergy relief options an ENT at ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY, can offer you.
What Causes Allergies?
Allergies flare when a certain substance comes in contact with your body that your immune system doesn't like. Pollen in the air is one of the most common culprits. Some people are also affected by pet dander, dust, mold and other particles that float around. While some people are affected by what’s in the air, some are allergic to things that they eat or that come in contact with their skin (detergents, insect bites, etc).
Due to the many different types of allergies, it’s important to pin down what exactly is causing your symptoms so that it can be effectively treated. The best way to identify exactly what you're allergic to is to get tested by a Flemingsburg and Maysville ENT. There is a skin (scratch) test and a blood test. In the case of a skin test, a series of allergens are introduced that will show your doctor what’s affecting you. Blood tests show antibodies that may react to certain foods and substances.
Once your allergist pinpoints the exact cause of allergy, an appropriate treatment can be recommended. In many cases an anti-histamine will help keep symptoms under control. Here are a few other possible treatments your ENT may explore with you at your next appointment:
- decongestants and nasal allergy sprays
- prescription eye drops
- EpiPen and anti-allergy injections
- allergy inhibitors
- immune system therapy (also known as immunotherapy)
Call for Allergy Solutions
The solution to your annoying allergy problems may be at ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 today to schedule an allergy test with Dr. Paul Conrad to talk about testing and treatment options.