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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.
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!
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.