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By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
February 20, 2020
Category: Allergy
Tags: Allergy  

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
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • 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.

Getting tested

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.

Getting treated

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.