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By Paul Conrad, MD
May 30, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

"More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year," according to WebMD. Your Maysville, KY, doctor can help with allergy treatments and testings when you exhibit certain symptoms: itchiness, watery eyes, runny nose, and continuous sneezing, just to name a few.

Allergies affect people all year long, especially during the spring and winter. When flowers bloom and pollen is abundant or when you're cooped up at home because of the cold, allergies can get to you.

Your allergist is likely to recommend allergy testing if you exhibit certain symptoms.

If you suffer from the following symptoms, you need to call your Maysville doctor.

  • Itchy skin
  • A rash
  • Eczema
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Chest congestion
  • Cramping or diarrhea
  • Vomiting after eating certain foods

Your doctor uses the following methods:

You will need to test for allergies to find out exactly what triggers them.

  • Skin tests: You're injected with a small dose of allergen. A rash or swelling appearing within 20 minutes indicates you're allergic to the substance. You're not allergic to the substance if there is no response.
     
  • Challenge tests: This is also an exposure test, similar to the skin test. If you inhale or ingest a small amount of the allergen, doctors will be able to determine what foods or medications you're allergic to.
     
  • Blood tests: This test takes longer than the other tests, but it is more accurate. Your doctor draws blood and sends it to a laboratory.

Treatments:

Once your Maysville, KY, doctor identifies what exactly triggers your allergies, there are several types of allergy treatments.

  • Allergy shots, usually given every week.
  • Sublingual drop therapy, which you can administer at home.

If you are interested in learning more about allergy treatments and testings, call your Maysville, KY, office at (606) 759-4852 today! They will help you determine what you're allergic to and how to treat it.

By ENTLC
August 08, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

AllergiesWould 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 :

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • 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.

By ENTLC
August 01, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Many people afflicted with various allergies obtain relief through allergy injections. However, injections are not ideal for everyone. Infants, allergieschildren 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.



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