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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.
Many people afflicted with various allergies obtain relief through allergy injections. However, injections are not ideal for everyone. Infants, children or adults who cannot tolerate needles and injections require an alternative treatment option. An excellent alternative to traditional allergy injections is sublingual allergy treatment, also called sublingual immunotherapy treatment. In Maysville, KY, sublingual allergy treatment is available at ENTLC where Dr. Paul Conrad can determine if this treatment option is right for you or your child.
What is Sublingual Allergy Treatment?
Once your doctor has confirmed your particular allergy or allergies, an extract of the allergen(s) is prepared. The extract will be used to help you build up immunity to the allergen(s). To use, a small amount of the extract is placed under the tongue for 30 sec to 1 minutes at a time. The process is repeated daily or sometimes multiple times in a day to develop immunity quickly. This process continues for between three and five years until full immunity from the allergen(s) is achieved. Once full immunity is established, you will no longer need to place the extract under the tongue.
Sublingual allergy treatment in Maysville, KY, can be prescribed for patients of all ages, and is especially ideal for infants and children with allergies who might be afraid of receiving an allergy injection. In addition to being great for infants and children, sublingual allergy treatment is also a good option for patients with mold and food allergies, asthma or chronic sinusitis, as well as those who have multiple allergies. Finally, sublingual allergy treatment tends to cost less than traditional allergy injection treatments.
Sublingual allergy treatments are a practical alternative to traditional allergy injections for patients who are averse to needles. With office locations in Maysville and Flemingsburg, ENTLC is your Ear Nose and Throat practice for allergy treatment in Maysville, KY. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Conrad, call ENTLC at (606) 759-4852.