With allergy season upon us, you may find yourself sneezing, sniffling, and rubbing your eyes much more than normal. However, finding an effective way to manage your allergy symptoms can help you find some relief and go about your daily activities without the underlying annoyance of allergies. Find out more about managing your allergy symptoms with Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery at Lafayette Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA.
What causes allergies?
An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a foreign substance. This causes the immune system to produce an antibody, which fights off the allergen, even though the allergen is not harmful to the body. This reaction can cause inflammation of the sinuses, skin, or digestive system. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life-threatening and it is always best that you monitor your allergies with your doctor, especially if they are severe.
Do I have allergies?
The symptoms of allergies vary depending on the type of allergen causing the reaction.
- Seasonal Allergies: Symptoms of seasonal allergies like hay fever include sneezing, itchy, red, swollen eyes, runny or stuffy nose, wheezing, coughing, and watery eyes.
- Food Allergies: Food allergies are similar to hay fever, but also include tingling or itching in the mouth, hives, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat.
- Skin Allergies: Skin allergy symptoms often include a rash, which can be raised splotches like hives or small red bumps like contact dermatitis. The rash may itch, burn, or blister.
- Animal Allergies: Animal allergies occur when you come into contact with the dander from an animal’s hair. The symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, and congestion or a runny nose.
Diagnosing and Treating Allergies in Lafayette, LA
Your ear, nose, and throat specialist will use an allergy test to diagnose exactly which allergens cause your reactions. This is often a scratch test, which includes placing small amounts of allergens onto the skin, scratching the skin to allow the allergen to absorb, then monitoring the skin for a reaction. In some situations, your doctor may suggest a blood test. Treating allergies depends on the type of allergy you have. Treatments can range from simple over-the-counter antihistamines to prescription medications or even injections. Your ENT doctor can help you find the best course of treatment for you and your allergy.
For more information on managing your allergy symptoms, please contact Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery at Lafayette Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA. Call 337-232-2330 to schedule your appointment with your ENT specialist today!
How your ear, nose and throat specialists in Lafayette, Louisiana can help with sinus problems
Sinus problems can be annoying and painful. When you have sinus issues, you may experience difficulty breathing through your nose, problems sleeping, headaches and other irritating problems. Fortunately, your doctors at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, Louisiana are experts at dealing with sinus issues.
One of the most common causes leading to sinus problems is allergies. You can be allergic to pet dander, grasses, flowers, dust, mold, foods, and may other triggers. Once you are exposed to a triggering substance, called an allergen, the reaction is inflammation of nasal passages and sinus congestion. It’s first necessary to determine what you are allergic to by doing allergy testing. For more information about allergies, please visit the Allergies section on the website at https://www.lafayetteentspecialists.com/allergies.html
Chronic allergies or recurrent colds can lead to chronic inflammation of your sinuses, a condition called sinusitis. Sinusitis can also be caused by growths in your nasal passages called polyps. When you have sinusitis your sinuses stay inflamed, causing pressure around your eyes and face. Sinusitis can be treated with antihistamines, steroids and anti-inflammatory medications. Some cases of stubborn, severe sinusitis can be resolved with sinus surgery. For more information about sinusitis, please visit the Sinusitis section on the website at https://www.lafayetteentspecialists.com/sinusitis.html
Sinus problems can develop into chronic sinus headaches, during which you will experience increasing pain when you lie down or bend forward. Sinus headaches can be caused by colds or other viral infections and your sinuses can become blocked. Your ENT specialist may suggest antibiotics, steroid nasal sprays, and other medications to help you breathe easier. Endoscopic surgery is also an option for severe, unresponsive sinus headaches.
One method of sinus surgery which has been extremely successful in treating sinus blockages, narrow sinuses, and other sinus issues is balloon sinuplasty. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so there is minimal downtime. For more information about balloon sinuplasty, please visit the Balloon Sinuplasty section on the website at https://www.lafayetteentspecialists.com/balloon-sinuplasty.html
These are just a few common sinus issues your ENT specialists can treat. You don’t have to suffer from sinus issues when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about dealing with sinus issues, call the ENT doctors at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, Louisiana today!
Feelings of dizziness shouldn’t be ignored or minimized, particularly when they happen often. They could be a sign of another problem that requires urgent attention. To pinpoint what is causing your dizziness, consult with an ear, nose, and throat doctor at Lafayette ENT Specialists in Lafayette, LA.
Probable Causes of Dizziness
Dizziness is a feeling a strange feeling of lightheadedness or disorientation. Some patients report that they feel like the room around them is spinning out of control. It is sometimes caused by blood not circulating to the brain quickly enough when you change from a horizontal to vertical position. For example, if you stand up very quickly, you may have a dizzy spell. Here are a few other potential causes:
- Ear infection (otitis media) or an inner ear condition like labyrinthitis or Meniere’s disease.
- Dehydration due to heat or lack of sufficient water consumption.
- A vitamin deficiency.
- Cold or a respiratory infection.
- Motion sickness while traveling.
- Hyperventilation or panic attacks.
- Loss of blood (external or internal).
- High blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
Dizziness is often accompanied by additional symptoms that may provide insight into the cause. Here are some common related symptoms you may experience:
- Ear ringing (tinnitus)
- Increased heart rate
Treatments for Dizziness
The treatment your Lafayette ENT will recommend depends on the cause of your dizziness. For instance, if the problem is an ear infection, antibiotic therapy, and cleaning out the ear may help. An antihistamine may help with cases of vertigo. Medications for nausea, anxiety, and headaches may also be prescribed. If the problem is related to blood pressure, medication and dietary changes may be prescribed. More serious causes, like cardiovascular disorders or stroke symptoms, require urgent testing and treatment.
See a Specialist for Help
It’s not normal to feel dizzy during your day—especially if it happens repeatedly. Seek help from a doctor at Lafayette ENT Specialists in Lafayette, LA. Call 337-232-2330 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, or Dr. Denbo Montgomery.
Did you know that most American children get tonsillitis at least once? Did you know it may be caused by either a virus or a bacteria (typically, streptococcus)? If your child has a sore throat, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes, it's most likely tonsilitis, and it can be relieved with treatment from the experts at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA. Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery see numerous patients with this acute or chronic condition, and they'll put your child on the road to recovery quickly.
Causes and symptoms of tonsillitis in Lafayette
The American Academy of Otolaryngology reports that most cases of tonsillitis occur in the five to 15 age group. However, adults can suffer from it, too, usually in the form of very painful tonsillar abscesses. Other forms of tonsillitis are acute, chronic, recurrent, last about four days, have many episodes a year, and seem to be an ongoing infection.
Where does tonsillitis occur? It affects the lymphoid tissue at the back of the throat and base of the tongue and frequently infects and enlarges both sides of the throat at once. Strep bacteria or 4 kinds of highly contagious viruses cause tonsillitis. They are:
- the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
- the Measles virus
Sometimes developing very quickly, symptoms of this common childhood disease include:
- Bad breath
- Lymph node swelling
- Obvious swelling and redness of the tonsils (upon visual inspection)
- Extreme hoarseness
- Pinpoint red spots at the back of the throat
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Mouth breathing
In extreme cases, tonsillitis may impair the airway. Your otolaryngologists in Lafayette recommend an in-office check-up and throat culture to determine the causative agent and to determine the best course of treatment for your child.
Treating infected tonsils in Lafayette
ENT physicians use antibiotic therapy for tonsillitis caused by Strep bacteria. While years ago, physicians routinely performed tonsillectomies on young children, only extreme and recurring cases warrant surgery. Your ENT physician will drain a tonsillar abscess. Additionally, the doctors recommend rest, plenty of fluids, over the counter analgesics and a liquid to very soft diet as tolerated during recovery.
Parents, knowing the symptoms of infected tonsils is half the battle. The other part is proper treatment from your the professional team at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. We have appointment times Monday through Friday, so call right away when the need arises: (337) 232-2330.
Find out what causes allergies and how you can get them under control.
Anyone who has allergies deals with a lot of those same annoying symptoms: the constant sneezing, the red itchy eyes, the runny nose. Of course, not everyone understands that their symptoms could actually be due to allergies. What are allergies and how are they managed? Our Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologists Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge and Dr. Denbo Montgomery are here to answer all your burning questions.
Did you know that allergies are one of the most common long-term disorders that people deal with? When exposed to a certain allergen, your body tells you that this allergen is harmful and then goes to work to attack it. This means that your immune system kicks into overdrive and produces antibodies known as immunoglobulin E. Your body’s natural inclination to overreact to this allergen is known as an allergic reaction.
There are many things to which you could be allergic including:
- Pet dander
Allergy symptoms can range from mild to more serious and even life-threatening. If you suspect that your symptoms are due to allergies our Lafayette, LA, ENT doctors can easily diagnose you and create a treatment plan that will get you feeling better quickly.
Allergy Treatment Options
The treatment or treatments you receive will depend on the type of allergy you have and the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be happy to hear that a lot of allergy sufferers can find the relief they need through simple medications. Those with very mild symptoms may be able to get away with over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants (to fight nasal congestion).
We may also prescribe stronger antihistamines or nasal sprays if your symptoms are more moderate or severe. In some cases, a long-term allergy sufferer may finally choose to get allergy shots to significantly lessen the body’s response to a specific allergen.
Of course, there are also non-medicinal approaches to reducing your exposure to the offending allergen. We can offer up some great tips you can do around the home to reduce allergy symptoms. From bathing your trusty pet once a week to using allergy-proof bedding, there are many ways to get those allergy symptoms under control once and for all.
Don’t let allergies ruin your fun in Lafayette, LA. There are so many different ways to tackle your symptoms. If you feel like you are losing the battle against allergies then call Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today.
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