What's a little sneezing and wheezing in the springtime? Likely, your allergy symptoms are no big deal, However, other kinds of allergies can impact your health drastically. At Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery are the ENT specialists who can diagnose and treat your allergies, helping you feel well and function at your best.
What are allergies?
They are the body's over-reaction to ordinary substances you may contact in the environment--things such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites, mold, foods, fabrics, drugs, and insect stings. Allergens may be inhaled, touched or ingested, provoking symptoms such as:
- Watery eyes
- Skin rashes
- Difficulty breathing
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that more than 50 million people in the United States suffer from some type of hayfever, allergic asthma, hives or other allergies. Symptom prevention by avoiding triggers is key to successful treatment. So is an accurate diagnosis, and a detailed treatment plan from Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists can help protect your health.
When allergies are a big concern
Some allergies are nothing more than a nuisance and easily controlled with over the counter medications. Others, as uncovered by skin prick tests, challenge testing or blood work from your allergy doctors in Lafayette, may need closer attention.
For example, some children who have allergic rhinitis, or hayfever, also develop repeated ear infections. Called otitis media, ear infections cause muffled hearing and language delays, along with the acute symptoms of fever and pain.
Another example is anaphylaxis. Ingesting certain foods or getting a bee or wasp sting provoke this life-threatening reaction. The symptoms of a restricted airway, labored respirations, fainting and more require immediate treatment with epinephrine and additional support at the local hospital ER.
Finally, allergies often co-exist with asthma. In fact, an allergen may trigger an asthma attack with coughing and pronounced wheezing. Most patients with asthma have an asthma/allergy action plan in place so they, along with their loved ones, teachers and co-workers, know how to help in case of a severe reaction.
Allergies do affect your health
So, do your best to identify yours and get proper treatment. Why not call Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, for a consultation with your otolaryngologists, Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldrege, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery? Phone (337) 232-2330.
When you're having a conversation with someone, do they ask if you're coming down with a cold, even though you know you aren't sick? When you lay down to fall asleep, do you feel like you've spent the majority of your day blowing your nose? If so, you could be dealing with a sinus issue.
Sinus issues are the result of different factors and underlying conditions, including allergic reactions, a deviated septum, or a sinus infection. Fortunately, a consultation here at Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists can help provide you with relief.
What Causes Sinus Issues?
Sinus aggravation occurs for a variety of different reasons and symptoms range from mild-to-severe. If nasal tissue is swollen, from something in the air or as a result of a virus, it can dampen your quality of life. Other common causes for post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, or difficulty breathing through your nose include:
- Allergies - because allergens are trying to flush their way out of your nose, sinuses can swell when you become exposed to dust, pollen, pet dander, or dust mites.
- Nasal Polyps - soft, painless, benign growths that resemble teardrops, polyps develop on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses from inflammation associated with asthma, autoimmune disorders, or chronic inflammation.
- Sinusitis - a swelling of the nasal tissue lining, sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid often as a result of the common cold.
When to Visit an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist
Acute symptoms usually don't last for very long, but when irritation becomes chronic, you should visit our Lafayette office to undergo a diagnosis. Your sinuses encompass a large portion of your face, and if you experience persistent pain, drainage issues, or frequent headaches, we can develop a treatment plan that depends on the cause. Additionally, if you notice a loss of smell/taste or experience earaches, this might signal a deep allergic reaction.
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Are you dealing with chronic nasal congestion or a nasal blockage?
Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic nasal surgery that helps to open up inflamed and blocked sinuses to help a patient breathe better. Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and offers a quick recovery time. From the office of our Lafayette, IN, otolaryngologists Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery, find out what makes someone an ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty.
What is chronic sinusitis?
Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is usually a minor infection that will go away on its own often without treatment; however, when someone deals with symptoms of sinusitis for more than 12 weeks then this condition is considered chronic. Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinus passages lasting more than 3 months.
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis include,
- Decreased sense of smell
- Facial pain and pressure
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Stuffy nose
- Ear pain
- Mild fever
What is balloon sinuplasty?
During this minimally invasive procedure, a very small catheter with a deflated balloon is gently guided into the nasal passageway. Once it is in place, the balloon is inflated, which applies the proper amount of pressure to open up the inflamed sinuses to allow them to properly drain. The area can then be irrigated to remove any remaining bacteria and pus. Once complete, the catheter is removed and the sinuses will remain open.
What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?
There are several advantages to choosing this type of procedure to treat chronic sinusitis including,
- Fewer post-surgical side effects including bleeding
- Can be performed right here in our office under local anesthesia
- You can go right back to your daily routine within a day
- Patients often still experience relief from their sinusitis symptoms after two years
Who should consider balloon sinuplasty?
Even if our Lafayette, IN, ENT doctor diagnoses you with chronic sinusitis, surgery isn’t typically the first course of action when it comes to treatment. We will prescribe stronger medications and other nonsurgical treatment options before resorting to surgery; however, you could benefit from balloon sinuplasty if,
- A CT scan proves that there is a blockage or severe inflammation of the sinuses
- You’re experiencing symptoms for more than 3 months that isn’t responding to nonsurgical treatments
- You experience recurring acute sinus infections
- You are still experiencing sinus problems despite traditional surgery
Whether you have questions about getting balloon sinuplasty or you are ready to sit down with our ENT doctors and find out what might be causing your nasal congestion and sinus problems, turn to the experts at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists for the answers you’re looking for.
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.
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