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!