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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.
Chronic sinus and allergy problems are more than annoying. They can adversely affect your quality of life. If you suffer from chronic sinus or allergy symptoms that show little improvement with over-the-counter medications, there are alternative therapies that can help. Your sinus and allergy doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT in Spartanburg and Greer, SC, offer a variety of sinus and allergy therapies, including balloon sinuplasty, allergy shot therapy, endoscopic sinus surgery and at-home, painless allergy drop therapy.
For patients with chronic sinusitis, surgical sinus therapies can provide long-term relief. Two common surgical sinus therapies are endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty. Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed by inserting a nasal endoscope inside the nose so that the doctor can view the sinuses and remove blockages, such as excess tissue or polyps. Following the procedure, patients experience improved breathing, better drainage and better airflow through the nose.
Balloon sinuplasty involves the insertion of balloons into the sinuses using a flexible catheter. Once in place, the balloons are inflated to expand the sinus pathways. The expanded sinus passages are then sprayed with saline to flush out mucus and other materials that might be clogging them. Once the sinus pathways are clear, the balloon and catheter are removed. Following the procedure, the sinuses passageways should remain open and clear for easier breathing and better drainage.
Many people with allergies successfully treat them with antihistamines, nasal sprays or other over-the-counter medications. For individuals with more severe allergy symptoms, alternate allergy therapies are needed. These can include allergy shots or allergy drops. Allergy shot therapy and allergy drop therapy are both immunotherapy treatments. They help the immune system become less sensitive to allergens and better tolerate them. A long-term goal of these therapies is to reduce the need for allergy medications over time.
Both allergy shot therapy and allergy drop therapy reduce sensitivity to allergens by exposing the patient to small amounts of the allergen. This exposure helps the immune system build up a greater tolerance to the allergen(s). Allergy shot therapy involves administering shots containing small doses of the allergen, which can also be referred to as an antigen. Allergy drop therapy exposes patients to small doses of the allergen through drops placed under the tongue. Your Spartanburg and Greer area allergy doctor can determine which therapy is right for you.
Sinus and allergy problems affect many people and can have an adverse impact on their quality of life. When over-the-counter medications and therapies are ineffective, alternate sinus and allergy therapies can help. For treatment of sinuses or allergies, contact Spartanburg & Greer ENT. To schedule an appointment, call (864) 582-2900 for the Spartanburg office or (864) 699-6970 for the Greer office.