Would you like relief from your allergy symptoms? The itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, skin rash--they're all too familiar to you and millions of other Americans. At ENTLC in Maysville, KY, your board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Conrad, uncovers allergy triggers and builds treatment plans that work.
What causes allergies?
Basically, some people's immune systems are sensitive to factors such as environmental pollution, certain foods, insect bites animal dander, plant pollen, mold, some natural fabrics, and more. When they contact these "triggers," they start suffering symptoms such as :
- Skin rashes
- Puffy, itchy eyes
- Runny nose
The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology says that contact with triggers prompts overproduction of natural bodily substances called histamines. Histamines are the major players in the millions of cases of asthma and allergic rhinitis which aggravate both children and adults across the country.
Uncovering the triggers
People who suspect they have allergies should note their symptoms, along with their onset, severity, and duration. Avoidance helps control bouts of sneezing, itching, and more. However, sometimes, and in particular with children, identifying triggers is tricky. That's where allergy treatment from Dr. Conrad in his Maysville office comes in.
Getting help for allergies
When you come to ENTLC, Dr. Conrad will examine your ears, nose, and throat and perform other basic health checks. Also, he'll ask you about your symptoms.
Then, he may order skin testing, lab work or challenge tests (asking you to consume suspect foods and note your reaction). Based on his findings he may advise allergy shots administered at regular intervals at the office or sublingual drop therapy, a medication which you can administer at home.
Other interventions include:
- Avoidance of triggers (don't eat the foods which bother you)
- Staying indoors on days when air quality is poor or pollen count is high
- Washing your face and hands and changing your clothes after being outdoors
- Wiping a pet down after a walk on grass
- Use of a HEPA filter to clean forced air from a furnace or air conditioning unit
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter anti-histamines and allergy medications as directed by Dr. Conrad
Find out more
Please don't suffer with your seasonal or year 'round allergy symptoms. Dr. Conrad and his team at ENTLC in Maysville, KY, can provide strategies to help you feel better and get on with your life. Call the office today for an allergy consultation: (606) 759-4852.