You have several disconcerting symptoms: sneezing, watery, eyes...even hives. You'd love to feel better, but you don't know which medicines you should take, or what substance to avoid. Fortunately, here at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery can use allergy testing to pinpoint your triggers and determine a treatment.
What are allergies?
Allergies are the common name for the body's immune response to substances in the environment. Common signs that you may have allergies include wheezing, itchy skin, watery eyes, rash, hives, fatigue, and more. Common substances which trigger allergic reactions are:
- Fabrics (wool)
- Fragrances (soaps, perfumes, air fresheners)
- Insect vectors (bees, hornets, wasps)
- Animal dander (cats, dogs, horses)
- Tree, grass, and flower pollen
- Food (peanuts)
- Drugs (penicillin)
Diagnosing your allergies
Allergy testing (combined with a physical examination and a review of your symptoms) helps the team at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists understand what patients are sensitive to, how they can best limit their trigger exposure, and what medications may alleviate the symptoms of their chronic health condition.
Common methods of allergy testing include:
- Scratch tests: This skin test applies a small amount of a suspected allergen to the patient's arm. The arm is then pricked or scratched with a needle, and the skin reaction is read by the doctor. Swelling is the typical localized reaction if you are allergic to the substance.
- Challenge tests: The patient actually inhales or consumes a suspected allergen—peanut butter, for instance—and the doctor notes the kind and extent of the reaction.
- Intradermal tests: The allergen is injected into the skin and the doctor records how you react.
- Lab work: Your doctor will order specific blood tests that are highly accurate in identifying allergies of all kinds.
Once your ENT doctor has your test results, he can collaborate with you on your treatment. Oral medications and immunotherapy (allergy shots) are very common as well as avoidance of triggers (as much as is possible). An allergy action plan tells you and your loved ones what to do in the event of a severe reaction.
Feel and function well
With proper identification and treatment of your allergies, you can say goodbye to difficult hypersensitivities and the anxiety and downtime they cause. Why not contact Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists to set-up a consultation with one of our specialists? Phone (337) 232-2330 today.
50 million Americans deal with allergies every year according to statistics published by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Since they’re so common, some people just manage them with over the counter medications and lifestyle adjustments. But there comes a time when you can no longer bear the daily stresses of managing allergy symptoms alone, and need help from a doctor. If you feel it’s that time for your case, contact a doctor at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA.
What Causes Most Allergies?
An allergy is the body’s overreaction to an outside irritant. The body is attempting to protect you from the irritant, but instead causes a number of undesirable symptoms. Most allergies are causes by the following:
- Food ingredients that don’t agree with the digestive system.
- Pollen, dust, hair, and dander in the air.
- Chemical agents in dyes, detergents, soaps, shampoos, makeup, and more.
- Insect bites.
- Taking new medications.
Common Allergy Symptoms
When you have an allergy, it almost always shows up in conspicuous ways. Symptoms could include rashes or sores on the skin, itchiness, sneezing, fluid dripping from the eyes and nose, swollen face or lips, inflammation of the ears, and sinus problems. Patients who have food allergies can experience gastric complications and diarrhea. Children and adults who have problems with asthma (shortness of breath and wheezing) may be struggling with a reaction to an allergen.
Alleviating Your Symptoms
The first step to treating your allergies with the help of your Lafayette, LA, ENT is to identify the allergen that’s bothering you. A comprehensive allergy test (blood or skin pricking) will narrow down the specific irritant so that you can actively avoid it. Additional treatments include:
- Allergy medications, including antihistamines, to balance your reaction to the allergen.
- Hydrocortisone cream to apply topically to rashes.
- Medication changes, if a specific type may be triggering symptoms.
- Immunotherapy (injections taken over time to reduce the chance of allergic reactions).
- Epinephrine (an injection for emergencies).
Allergy Relief and Advice from a Specialist
When you visit Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, you can count on getting valuable advice for how to alleviate your allergy symptoms. Contact the office today by calling (337) 232-2330. Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery are committed to serving their patients with quality ENT care.
Let our ENT professionals in Lafayette, LA answer all of your top allergy questions.
Are you suffering from allergies? Not sure if the symptoms you are experiencing are actually due to allergies? Our Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologists, Drs. John and Barrett Alldredge and Dr. Denbo Montgomery understand that you may have a lot of questions when it comes to treating allergies. Learn more about allergies, their symptoms, and how to treat them effectively.
What is an allergy?
An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system responds to an otherwise harmless element or substance that doesn’t trigger an immune response in most people. The element or substance that causes this response is known as an allergen.
What are the most common types of allergies?
While people can develop an allergy to just about anything the most common types of allergies include,
- Dust and dust mites
- Hay fever
- Pet dander
- Insect stings or bites
What are the symptoms of an allergy?
The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of allergy you have. Common allergy symptoms include,
- Sneezing and itchy nose
- Runny or blocked nose
- Red, watery, or itchy eyes
- Difficulty breathing or chest tightness
- Hives (a red, itchy raise)
- Swollen lips, tongue, or face
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
When should I see a professional about my allergies?
It’s time to visit our Lafayette, LA, ENT doctor for an allergy test if you are experiencing,
- Chronic or persistent nasal congestion, problems breathing, or sinus infections
- Outdoor allergy symptoms most months of the year
- No response or changes in your symptoms despite taking over-the-counter allergy medications
- Wheezing and coughing, especially after exercise or at night
- Persistent chest tightness
- Symptoms of asthma
How are allergies treated?
Medication is typically the number one way to treat allergy symptoms. Common medications include,
- Nasal sprays
- Eye drops
Those dealing with severe allergies may also want to discuss the pros and cons of getting immunotherapy (allergy shots). Allergy shots are administered every 1-2 weeks and the dose will continue to get stronger over time.
Give us a call!
Are you suffering from allergies in Lafayette, LA? Are you ready to get your symptoms under control? If so, then it’s the perfect time to call the allergy experts at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists for a consultation at (337) 232-2330.
If allergies are causing you to suffer, help is available at Lafayette Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. There, Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery are your otolaryngologists for allergy relief.
Allergy Symptoms and Triggers
Several different symptoms can be associated with allergies. In general, allergies can irritate the eyes, nose, ears, and throat. Common allergy symptoms include watery, itchy eyes, repeated coughing and sneezing, chronic fatigue, and a runny or stuffed nose. There are several factors that can trigger allergic reactions and induce allergy-related symptoms, such:
- Certain foods
- Bug bites
- Pet dander
- Dust Mites
- Mold spores
Treatments for Allergies
A variety of options are available at our Lafayette office for treating allergies. Examples of allergy treatments include medications, allergy shots, and sublingual drops. Some allergy medications are available over-the-counter, while others are only available with a prescription. Medications typically treat the symptoms associated with allergies, such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. Antihistamines are one type of medication regularly used to treat allergies and their symptoms.
Allergy shots and sublingual drops are both types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves helping the body build up immunity or a tolerance to a specific allergen so that the allergen no longer induces an allergic reaction. Allergy shots work by injecting a small dose of the allergen into the body periodically. The body then becomes accustomed to these small doses over time and gradually develops a tolerance to the allergen. An additional benefit to allergy shots is that the body maintains immunity for a while even after the shots have been discontinued.
Sublingual drops function in a similar manner as allergy shots by helping the body develop immunity to a specific allergen. However, rather than injecting small doses of an allergen into the body, the allergen is introduced via drops of allergen extract placed under the tongue for one to two minutes at a time once a day. Some patients need to use sublingual drops daily, while others only need to use the drops a few times each week. Most patients use sublingual drops for a period of between three to five years to develop maximum immunity to their allergen.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Help is available if you are suffering from allergies. For allergy treatment in Lafayette, LA, schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Alldredge, Dr. C. Alldredge, or Dr. Montgomery by calling Lafayette Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists at (337) 232-2330.
Think you are dealing with allergy symptoms? Get them under control.
From allergies to foods, to medications, to pet dander, allergy issues are more common than you might think. Not sure if what you are experiencing could be allergies or something else? Wondering whether it’s time to visit our Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologists Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery to find out whether you might require allergy medication?
The symptoms you experience will have to do with the specific allergen. Allergies can cause everything from respiratory and dermatological problems to digestive issues. Symptoms may be mild and fleeting or you may deal with severe and persistent issues. If the allergy is severe enough it can cause anaphylaxis, which is a serious and life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
- Food allergies: Symptoms usually appear within a few minutes of eating the offending food; however, symptoms can take up to a few hours to show up. You may notice nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting. In some instances, a food allergy can cause the lips or tongue to swell. You may also have a tingling in your mouth.
- Hay fever: Also referred to as allergic rhinitis, this type of allergy presents with the classic allergy symptoms we often think about when we think about allergies such as a runny nose, itchy red eyes and sneezing.
- Insect sting: If a bee or insect stings you and you are allergic you may notice swelling around the sting. The skin may itch or you may break out in hives (itchy raised, red welts). You may also experience wheezing or shortness of breath.
- Drug allergies: If you are allergic to a specific medication you may experience everything from hives and a rash to shortness of breath and facial swelling.
- Atopic dermatitis: Also known as eczema, this skin condition can lead to itchy, red, and peeling skin.
As you might imagine, the type of medications or other treatment options our Lafayette, LA, ENT doctors recommend will have to do with the specific allergy you have. The best way to prevent symptoms is to avoid the allergy altogether, which can be easier for some allergies than others.
Of course, when it comes to allergy treatment the goal is to reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of your symptoms. This can be accomplished through several treatment options:
- Medication: everything from over-the-counter to prescription medications may be recommended. Medications may come in the form of a pill, nasal spray or eye drops.
- Immunotherapy: severe allergies may only respond to immunotherapy, or allergy shots, which expose you to the allergy in a controlled environment to reduce your body’s intolerance over time. Immunotherapy is a longer treatment process, taking a few years to complete.
- Emergency epinephrine (better known as an EpiPen): severe allergies may require you to carry around an epinephrine shot to administer to yourself if you have a severe allergic reaction.
- Lifestyle modifications: this includes using a HEPA air filter, cleaning more often and wearing a facemask while gardening or mowing the lawn.
- Alternative therapies: this can include options such as acupuncture.
If you are someone in Lafayette, LA, who is living with allergies and you can’t seem to get them under control then call our Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. Let us help you get control over your allergies and breathe easier.
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.