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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.
Would you like to reduce your unpleasant allergy symptoms? The Spartanburg and Greer, SC, allergy doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT share a few tips that will help you keep itchy eyes, sneezing and other symptoms under control.
Determine the cause of your allergy
Your allergy symptoms occur because your body overreacts to the presence of harmless substances that it mistakenly decides are dangerous. Common allergens include foods, dust, insect stings, mold, dust mites, pollen, grasses, and animal dander. It's difficult to avoid allergens if you don't know which ones cause your symptoms. An allergy test, conducted in our Spartanburg or Greer office, offers a simple way to identify all of your allergens.
Reduce your exposure to allergens
Once you know your allergy triggers, these steps will help reduce your allergen exposure:
- Use a HEPA filter or air conditioner. High energy particulate air filters and air conditioners remove allergens from the air, reducing allergy flare-ups.
- Take steps to reduce mold. Use fans to reduce mold in bathrooms and fix roof or basement leaks promptly. If you have mold in your home, don't clean it up yourself.
- Buy pillow covers and mattress pads. Zippered allergy-proof pillow covers and mattress pads reduce your exposure to dust mites.
- Consult the allergy forecast. Most weather websites provide information on current levels of the most common allergens, including mold, grass and pollen. If you notice that the level of one of your allergens is particularly high, you may want to limit the amount of time you spend outdoors.
Visit an allergy doctor
Otolaryngologists, also known as allergy doctors, can help you manage your symptoms. Depending on the type and severity of your allergy, you may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription decongestants or antihistamines, oral or injectable immunotherapy, nasal sprays, or eye drops.
Find relief for your symptoms with a visit to the allergy doctor. Schedule an appointment with the otolaryngologists at Spartanburg & Greer ENT by calling (864) 582-2900 for the Spartanburg, SC, office or (864) 699-6970 for the Greer office.