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.
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.
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