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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
August 24, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: allergies  

Outdoor AllergiesWith 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!

By Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
December 21, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: allergies  

Find out what causes allergies and how you can get them under control.allergies

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
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Insects
  • Foods
  • Latex
  • Medications

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.

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
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.