FAQS About Allergies
By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
March 11, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: allergies   Itchy Eyes   Vomiting  

Let our ENT professionals in Lafayette, LA answer all of your top allergy questions.

Woman With AllergiesAre 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
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Hay fever
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Medication
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Latex

 

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,

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • 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.

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