According to a survey published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, over half of Americans report that they suffer from some sort of allergic reaction. If you are one of them, you will be happy to hear that the allergy doctors here at Spartanburg Greer ENT & Allergy can both help you determine why you’ve been experiencing certain allergic reactions as well as prescribe treatments to help you feel, look, and live better. Read on to learn more!
Why Should You Test for Allergies?
Allergies can sometimes be a minor annoyance—a sneeze here or a runny nose there as a response to pollen in the air. However, some patients have allergic reactions that can cause them to break out in hives and rashes, create facial swelling, and, in the case of food allergies, lead to debilitating digestive issues. Some patients have allergies as very young children, while others don’t experience notable symptoms until they are already adults. When it’s no longer possible to ignore the symptoms and their effect on your appearance or lifestyle, opt for an allergy test.
Types of Allergy Tests
During a prick test (also called a scratch test), the doctor exposes a small area of your skin (usually the forearm) to common allergens to see if you exhibit a reaction. Sometimes reactions show up within a minute, while in other cases it may take a few days to see a change. The test normally takes about 20 minutes.
Another option is a blood test, which may provide a more comprehensive result. Both of these tests can be administered at Spartanburg Greer ENT & Allergy in Greer and Spartanburg, SC.
Once you’re familiar with the cause of your allergies, you can take logical steps to stop flare-ups and undesirable reactions. These are some of the ways your Greer and Spartanburg, SC doctor will treat your allergy, once the cause is identified:
- Antihistamines (prescription-grade). These include pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops.
- Decongestants for sinus-related allergy symptoms.
- Immunotherapy to help restore balance to the immune system.
- Advice for the avoidance of allergens.
Make Time for an Allergy Test
It’s worthwhile to see your allergy doctor for a prick or blood test to identify triggering substances, especially if you’ve noticed an increase in allergic reactions and inflammation. Contact 864-699-6970 or 864-582-2900 today to schedule a visit with a physician at Spartanburg Greer ENT & Allergy in Greer or Spartanburg, SC.
Ear infections tend to be more common in children, but adults are not immune. Ear infections develop in the middle ear and often occur with or have similar symptoms to a common cold or flu. While some infections clear up on their own and symptoms can be relieved with over the counter medication, the ear doctors at Spartanburg | Greer ENT & Allergy in Spartanburg, SC, and Greer, SC, recommend seeking treatment for symptoms that persist for more than a few days or are accompanied with additional symptoms like significant pain and fever.
Ear Infection Treatment in Spartanburg, SC, and Greer, SC
Ear infections can be caused by bacteria or a virus, where fluid builds up and does not properly drain, due to inflammation and congestion in the nasal passage.
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Children
- Ear pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty hearing
- Balance problems
- Appetite loss
- Fluid drainage from ear
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Adults
- Ear pain
- Obstructed hearing
- Fluid drainage from ear
Preventing Ear Infections
Because ear infections, colds, flu, and seasonal allergies tend to go hand in hand, the best way to prevent ear infections is to take precautions against colds, from washing hands frequently to avoiding close proximity to sick people at school or at work.
Other risk factors for ear infections include:
- Exposure to second hand smoke and/or poor air quality
- Infants and young children under age two tend to be more susceptible
- Cold weather
- Bottle feeding
In many cases, ear infections will clear up on their own, or with antibiotics if they are caused by a bacterial infection. Draining excess fluid buildup in the ear is another treatment method. The ear doctor will perform an exam and determine the best treatment option. Chronic ear infection sufferers may also require regular monitoring and follow up treatment.
Find an Ear Doctor in Spartanburg and Greer, SC
For more information about the signs and treatment options for ear infections, contact Spartanburg | Greer ENT & Allergy to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist by calling 864-582-2900 in Spartanburg, SC, or 864-699-6970 in Greer, SC!
How your ENT specialists in Spartanburg, SC, can help you hear again
Hearing aids can enhance your quality of life by allowing you to fully experience the sounds you have been missing out on. Choosing a hearing aid can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make, so don’t decide alone. Get help from an expert, your ear, nose, and throat specialist. Your ENT specialists at Spartanburg & Greer ENT can help you hear well again. They have convenient office locations in Spartanburg and Greer, SC, to help you.
So, how do you know if you need hearing aids? There are several signs and symptoms you might be experiencing some degree of hearing loss. You should schedule a hearing test if you notice:
- Speech sounding muffled
- You can’t pick out words from noise in the background
- People around you have to speak loudly for you to hear them
- Difficulty picking out the consonants in words
- You want to avoid social situations or conversations because you can’t hear
If you are experiencing hearing loss and your ENT specialist recommends hearing aids, there are several to choose from. Consider:
- CIC hearing aids, which fit completely inside your ear canal; these are the least noticeable hearing aids, with no volume control or directional microphone.
- ITE hearing aids, which are in the ear and fit over your outer ear or the lower part of your ear; they are less discreet than CIC hearing aids, but they do have volume control.
- BTE hearing aids, which are behind the ear and hook over the top of your ear; they are larger than other hearing aids and have great sound quality.
- Cochlear implants are another option if you are experiencing severe hearing loss. They perform the function of areas of your inner ear that aren’t working well.
Don’t miss out on the beautiful sounds of your wonderful life. You deserve to enjoy every minute, and hearing aids can help! To find out more about restoring your hearing with hearing aids, call your ENT specialists at Spartanburg & Greer ENT, with offices in Spartanburg and Greer, SC. Call today!
Seasonal and environmental allergies are very common. If you find yourself suddenly sneezing uncontrollably or experiencing watery eyes or an itchy throat while mowing the lawn, taking a walk during a warm spring day, or dusting and cleaning around your home, you may be allergic to pollen, ragweed, or dust mites. In addition to seasonal allergies, which can produce cold and flu-like symptoms, there are a number of other allergy triggers that can range in severity from mild to severe. The allergy doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT in SC offer allergy testing and treatment at the Allergy Clinic at both the Spartanburg and Greer location.
Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment in Spartanburg or Greer, SC
Food allergies are also very common in the United States and are on the rise according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially among children. Undiagnosed food allergies can be especially dangerous and even life threatening. The signs and symptoms of a food allergy include:
- You experience itching or tingling on your tongue, palette, or the insides of your cheeks while eating
- Swelling in the face, throat, or anywhere in the body
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Abdominal cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Nasal congestion
A constricted airway, swelling in the throat, elevated pulse, and fainting can be signs of shock (anaphylaxis) which can be life threatening. Seek immediate emergency treatment if you or your child are showing signs of shock.
Keeping a food diary is a good way to monitor any potential adverse reactions to specific foods. In addition to food and seasonal/environmental allergies, other common allergy triggers include certain medications, rubber/latex, insects, and domestic pets like cats and dogs. Speak to an allergy doctor if you experience upper respiratory problems or skin irritation/allergies after coming into contact with an allergy trigger.
Find an Allergy Doctor in Spartanburg or Greer, SC
Undiagnosed and untreated allergies can interfere with your wellbeing and quality of life. For more information, contact Spartanburg & Greer ENT by calling (864) 582-2900 in Spartanburg or (864) 699-6970 in Greer to schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists today.
Are you having difficulty hearing? Are you experiencing hearing loss?
The reasons behind hearing loss vary and affect people of all ages. Your Spartanburg and Greer, SC, doctors can evaluate the type of hearing loss you're suffering from: sudden or gradual, in one ear or both, and if it's temporary or permanent. They'll also provide you with proper hearing aids.
Treatments and Evaluations:
- Hearing Aid Evaluations: A time for questions and discussion of expectations.
- Hearing Aid Fittings: A time to orient to new hearing aid(s).
- Comprehensive hearing evaluations, such as tinnitus evaluations
- Hearing Aid Checks: These are usually scheduled every six months.
Hearing Aids in Spartanburg and Greer, SC
Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal is to create an overall better quality of life, especially when you're in a noisy place.
The hearing aids accomplish this amplification by:
- Making speech more intelligible
- Preserving nerve networks in the brain
- Making communication less tiring
Types of Hearing Aids:
There is a variety of hearing aids that are rechargeable, have android and i-phone compatibility, automated programming to ease use, discreet, remote programming and suitable for patients with an active, casual or quiet lifestyle.
Here are a few:
- Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid held that sits behind the ear.
- In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
- Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.
- Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
- Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
- In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.
It's difficult to deal with hearing loss, but you don't have to be alone. The doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn more about the different hearing aids, call (864) 582-2900 for the Spartanburg, SC, office or (864) 699-6970 for the Greer office.
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