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.
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.
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