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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that 50 million people in the United States have allergies, hypersensitivities to everyday substances such as food, pollen, mold, dust, animal dander and more. Do you suspect you're an allergy sufferer? At Spartanburg/Greer ENT & Allergy in Spartanburg, SC, your team of four allergy doctors uncovers undiagnosed allergies and sets treatment plans to manage symptoms.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is the body's over-reaction to an ordinary environmental substance someone has inhaled, ingested or touched. The immune system kicks into high gear, producing antibodies that give off histamines. Histamines cause familiar allergy symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Sneezing and coughing
- Dark eye circles
- Poor appetite
Common allergens are insect venom, foods (such as peanuts), latex, mold, dust mites, and animal dander.
While most allergies are mere nuisances, others can impact daily productivity, cause asthma symptoms and be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). So, it's important to discuss your symptoms with an allergy doctor at Spartanburg/Greer ENT & Allergy.
When you come to our ENT center, one of our otolaryngologists will review your symptoms and discuss possible testing for allergies. The skin prick test, which introduces a tiny amount of a suspected allergic trigger under the skin, is very common and tells the doctor what you're sensitive to and how severe your reactions may be.
Challenge tests offer a small amount of a food or other possible trigger to the nose or eyes. These tests are very carefully monitored and read as they are used for allergens which provoke a strong reaction. Lastly, blood work is done for triggers that don't have a skin or challenge test available. These lab tests are very accurate.
Your treatment plan composed by your allergy doctor in Spartanburg will key in on your specific triggers, lifestyle and health history. It may include prescription antihistamines, immunotherapy or allergy drops administered under the tongue. All aim to reduce symptoms and sensitivity to your specific allergens.
Find out more
Don't wonder if you have an undiagnosed allergy. Find out for sure with the most accurate and patient-centered allergy treatment in the Spartanburg area. Phone for a consultation with one of our allergy doctors at one of the convenient locations of Spartanburg/Greer ENT & Allergy. For Spartanburg or Greer, phone (864) 582-2900. Reach our Hearing Center at (864) 278-1466.
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.
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.
Pain-free, hassle-free, symptom-free, allergy free!
Instead of painful allergy shots and weekly office visits, you can now get long-term allergy relief simply by putting a few drops under your tongue three times a day.
This safe and effective treatment is called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), and is available at Spartanburg & Greer ENT! See your Allergy Doctor in Spartanburg, SC or Greer, SC today!
How does the Sublingual Immunotherapy Program work?
- A simple blood test determines exactly what triggers your allergies.
- Customized allergy solution is sent directly to you by mail.
- You put the allergy drops under your tongue each day. (We'll teach you how!)
- You'll breath easier as the drops work to eliminate the symptoms.
If you’re tired of dealing with itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headaches or other allergy symptoms, but you don’t want to go through years of painful allergy shots, call the Allergy Center at Spartanburg & Greer ENT at (864) 582-2900 for an appointment.