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By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
October 23, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

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?

Allergy Symptoms

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.

Treating Allergies

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.

By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
June 09, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Spring is upon us, so find out what might be causing those itchy eyes and scratchy throat.allergies

While the sunny weather is always welcomed, it’s your allergies that are the unwelcomed visitors. Don’t let allergies keep you from enjoying the beautiful weather. Our Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologists Drs. John Alldredge, C. Barrett Alldredge and Dr. Denbo Montgomery offer up some tips for how to tackle your allergy symptoms.

What is causing your allergy problems?

There are many things that could cause issues to flare up. Perhaps you are allergic to dust mites, pollen, dander, mold or pollen. You could also be allergic to insect bites and stings, certain foods or even the medication you are taking.

How should I manage my allergies?

A lot will depend on the type of allergies you have but here are some great pointers to keep in mind:

  1. Keep Your Furniture Clean: Do you have an allergy to dust mites? If so, it’s important that you keep your bedding, carpeting, rugs and furniture as clean as possible. This means washing them at least once a week in very hot water and vacuuming furniture and carpeting often to reduce your exposure to dust mites. You can also
    look for dust mite or allergy-proof covers for your bedding.
  2. Shut Out the Pollen: Even though the beautiful warm breeze might beckon you to turn off the AC and open the windows, know that this could cause your allergy symptoms to flare up if you are sensitive to pollen. Blustery days in particular can really kick up your allergies, so be sure to limit time outside on those days and keep windows shut.
  3. Bathe Your Pets Often: We know how much pets become like family and yet it can be disheartening to find out that your allergies are coming from your beloved pet. Don’t lose heart; in fact, a lot of people can keep their symptoms under control just by bathing their pet at least once a week or more. Giving your pets the proper cleaning they need will keep dander down (and make them smell pretty nice, too!), which also means less dander on your furniture, as well.
  4. Take Medication: Sometimes you can make every lifestyle adjustment known to man and you still can’t get relief. It’s frustrating, we know. This is when over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants can tackle your runny nose, itchy red eyes and chest congestion. If you aren’t sure what kinds of medications to use, then ask our Lafayette, LA, ENT doctors for advice.

Do you feel like you just can’t handle your allergy problems on your own? Does nothing seem to be helping? If so, then call Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, today to find out what we can do to help.

By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
April 06, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Tonsillitis   sore throat  

Tonsillitis is a condition associated with inflammation of the tonsils. It can be caused by bacterial infections, such as streptococcus, or by Tonsillitisa virus. Tonsillitis tends to affect children more than adults. There are several symptoms indicative of tonsillitis, including a fever, sore throat and tender lymph nodes. When experiencing multiple symptoms, it is important to see a doctor. At LaFayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, located in Lafayette, LA, Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. Barrett Alldredge and Dr. Denbo Montgomery are your doctors.

Types of Tonsillitis

There are four main types of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, chronic and peritonsillar abscess. Peritonsillar abscess occurs more often in young adults, but it is possible for children to develop it as well. The other three types are more likely to occur in children. Acute tonsillitis lasts anywhere from a few days to about two weeks. A patient is diagnosed with recurrent tonsillitis after experiencing acute tonsillitis several times in a year. Chronic tonsillitis refers to patients with chronic sore throats or chronic tonsillitis.

Symptoms

There are several different symptoms that can be associated with tonsillitis. The symptoms that are experienced can differ slightly depending on which type of tonsillitis a patient has. When experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to have the tonsils examined by doctors in Lafayette. Common symptoms associated with tonsillitis include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Foul breath

When experiencing symptoms associated with tonsillitis, it is important to see an ear, nose and throat doctor. The doctor can diagnose the type of tonsillitis and prescribe the appropriate treatment. For treatment of tonsillitis and other conditions affecting the tonsils in the LaFayette area, see Dr. Alldredge, Dr. Montgomery or Dr. Alldredge. Call LaFayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, at (337) 232-2330 to schedule an appointment.

By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
February 15, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: itchy throat  

Itchy throat? While typically not a serious concern, an itchy throat is a common -- and irritating -- complaint, particularly if it occurs over an itchy throatextended period of time. Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists, which is located in Lafayette, LA, offers state-of-the-art treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Read on to find out why your throat is so itchy.

Allergies
Allergies are one of the most common causes of an itchy throat. Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance. Examples of common allergy triggers that can cause an itchy throat include dust, mold, pollen, pet dander and dust.

A Cold
You're sniffling and sneezing, with   an itchy throat and a stuffy nose. With these kinds of symptoms, you probably have a cold. The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by viruses. A cold typically runs its course in about a week.

Strep Throat
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can cause an itchy throat, swollen glands and pain when swallowing. If your itchy throat is caused by a bacterial infection -- such as strep throat -- you will need to see a Lafayette doctor. Doctors usually treat strep throat with antibiotics. Antibiotics lower the risk of spreading the infection to other parts of your body.

Dehydration
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of an itchy throat. When you become dehydrated, your throat becomes dried out and there is not enough mucus to lubricate the tissue. The symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include increased thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, palpitations, confusion, fainting and decreased urine output.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis, which is an infection of the lungs, causes a   persistent cough that can make the throat feel itchy. Nasal congestion and a runny nose are usually absent with bronchitis. Acute bronchitis usually lasts less than 10 days. Chronic bronchitis can last for five or six weeks and usually comes back.

You don't have to suffer from an itchy throat. Call Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA at (337) 232-2330 today to make an appointment with one of our world-class otolaryngologists. We will help you get rid of that itchy throat once and for all.

By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
December 22, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Seasonal allergies mean just what they say; they come and go with the seasons. Perennial allergies are year-round, allergies to indoor allergiesallergy triggers. Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists, located in Lafayette, LA, provides state-of-the-art treatments for individuals with allergies. 

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergy symptoms occur during certain times of the year when certain grasses or trees pollinate. Symptoms include stuffiness, sneezing, a runny nose and itchiness in your nose, mouth, throat, ears, or eyes. In addition, since the sinuses may also become congested, some individuals experience headaches.

Perennial Allergies

Perennial allergies are year-round allergies to indoor allergy triggers such as cockroaches, pet dander, dust, feathers, and mold. The most common symptom of year-round allergies is a stuffy nose. The nose runs, producing a clear watery discharge. Sneezing is common. The nose, back of the throat and roof of the mouth may itch, too.

Preventing Allergies

Avoid known triggers. For example, if you are allergic to pollen, don't go outside when pollen levels are high. If you're allergic to mold, consider hiring a mold-cleanup crew. If you are allergic to dust mites, vacuum, dust and wash your bedding often. If you can't permanently remove a pet from your home, you should keep them outside as much as possible.

Allergy Treatments

Otolaryngologists treat allergies and sinus problems. Your Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologist can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results. Treatments for allergies include allergy medications and allergy shots. Allergy shots help your body get used to the substances that trigger an allergic reaction. Allergy shots are not a cure but, in time, you may not have symptoms as often. 

Don't let allergies keep you from enjoying life. Take control of your allergy symptoms. Call Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, at (337) 232-2330 today to schedule an appointment. Remember that incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control.