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Dealing with allergies? An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to common substances. There are many causes of allergies and symptoms vary from mild to potentially life-threatening. While there's no cure for allergies, treatments can relieve your symptoms. Led by Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse, South Florida ENT Associates (located in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL) offers allergy treatments to their patients. Read on to learn about allergy testing and treatment options.
Allergy Testing Options
Prick Testing: Skin tests for allergic disorders have been used successfully for over 100 years. Skin prick testing checks for allergic reactions to many different substances at once. Skin prick testing is usually done to identify allergies to pollen, dust mites, foods, pet dander, and mold. In adults, the skin prick test is usually done on the forearm. About 15 minutes after the skin pricks, your healthcare provider observes your skin for signs of allergic reactions.
Rast Testing: The RAST test is a blood test that is used to test for allergies. The test checks your blood for specific lgE antibodies to find out what substances you may be allergic to. RAST testing can test for a range of allergies, including drug allergies, food allergies, pet allergies, and seasonal allergies. The test is often used in cases of patients who cannot tolerate prick testing because of extreme sensitivity, eczema, or the need to continue taking antihistamines.
Intradermal Testing: Intradermal testing involves injecting a small amount of the suspected allergen into the skin. Intradermal testing is usually performed when a substance does not cause a reaction in the skin prick test but is still suspected as an allergen for that patient. The intradermal test is often used for environmental allergies and drug allergies, but not for latex or food allergies.
Allergy Treatment Options
Allergy Medication: Several types of drugs are used to treat allergies. Allergy medications are available as pills, inhalers, eyedrops, liquids, nasal sprays, and skin creams. Allergy medications help ease and treat annoying symptoms like runny nose and congestion. These allergy medications include decongestants, antihistamines, combination drugs, corticosteroids, and others.
Environmental Control: Environmental control is an effective treatment for allergies. Your environmental control treatment plan depends on the specific allergens you're allergic to. You can benefit from controlling your exposure to the things you are allergic to. Environmental control may involve cleaning your home, placing a dehumidifier in your basement, running an air purifier, or wearing a mask.
Immunotherapy: Allergen immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a form of treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergies. Allergy shots help your body get used to the substances that trigger an allergic reaction. Each injection from your doctor in Hollywood, FL, contains a small amount of the substances that are causing your symptoms. Allergy shots are not a cure, but in time, you may not have symptoms as often.
Emergency epinephrine: Epinephrine injection is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions caused by medications, food, insect bites or stings, latex, and other causes. Epinephrine works to reverse the life-threatening symptoms. If you have a severe allergy, you may need to carry an emergency epinephrine auto-injector at all times. An epinephrine injection can reduce your symptoms until you get emergency medical treatment.
Stop allergies from ruining your life. Call South Florida ENT Associates at (954) 966-7000 today to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT doctors in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL. Our treatments will relieve your allergy symptoms, so you can live the life you want. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at South Florida ENT Associates!
Having trouble hearing those around you clearly? You could benefit from a hearing aid.
Have you suddenly noticed that you need to turn up the volume on the television in order to understand what people are saying? Do you find yourself drifting out of the conversation in loud environments because it’s difficult to hear people? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with some degree of hearing loss and may benefit from hearing aids. If you suspect that you might have hearing loss the sooner you visit our Hollywood, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse the better.
So, how can you tell whether you might have hearing loss? You may have hearing loss if:
- You ask people to repeat themselves or you say “what?” frequently
- You have trouble hearing people on the telephone
- You have trouble focusing on conversations when more than one person is speaking
- Your family members complain that the television or radio is too loud
- You feel like you strain to hear or understand what others are saying
- You have particular difficulty hearing people in noisy environments like a crowded restaurant
- You have issues understanding children and women
So, if you notice that you are nodding your head to one or more of these issues above then you might have hearing loss. While it’s normal for even those with great hearing to sometimes have trouble understanding others under certain circumstances, if you notice that these issues are rather frequent then you should schedule a hearing test with one of our Hollywood, FL, ENT doctors.
If we determine that you do need a hearing aid, the sooner you start managing your hearing loss the better. After all, it does take time to adjust to wearing and hearing with the help of a hearing aid.
What does a hearing aid do?
This small device is worn either inside or behind the ear to amplify sounds to make it easier for those with varying degrees of hearing loss to be able to hear certain sounds that may be more difficult for them to hear all on their own. It’s important to recognize that a hearing aid does not restore hearing but will help to make certain sounds clearer and louder so you can distinguish them.
If you are having difficulty hearing friends and loved ones isn’t it time you found out what’s going on? Call South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL, today and let us know that you want to schedule a hearing loss screening or to ask any questions about hearing aids.
Hearing loss affects many people and can happen to anyone. However, many people are not even aware they suffer from this condition due to its slowly-advancing nature. Luckily, being aware of the symptoms of hearing loss and recognizing that you may have a hearing problem can help you and your doctor find a solution, such as a hearing aid. Find out more about hearing loss and its treatments with Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse at South Florida Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.
Common Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Adults
Hearing loss is a condition which usually worsens over a long period of time. This can cause sufferers to gloss over their symptoms and be unaware of their hearing problems. However, recognizing the common signs of hearing loss can ensure that you get the help you need:
- Feeling as though those around you are mumbling.
- Others tell you the TV or radio is too loud, but it seems to you to be at a normal volume.
- You find yourself concentrating very hard on following a conversation.
- You need to ask others to repeat themselves often, especially on the phone.
- You have difficulty following conversations, especially in crowded areas like a restaurant or event.
I think I have hearing loss. Now what?
If you think you suffer from hearing loss, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to assess your symptoms and their severity. Your doctor will probably suggest a hearing test, which plays sounds at different frequencies through a set of headphones. You will indicate in which ear you heard the sound. The test gives your doctor insight into the severity of your hearing loss and allows them to assess each ear individually. After your hearing test, you and your ENT doctor can go over your options for treatment of your hearing loss.
Hearing Aids in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
Treating your hearing loss will depend on its severity and how advanced the condition has become. Hearing aids are often the best course of action for those suffering from hearing issues and come in a variety of sizes and styles. A hearing aid’s main components are a microphone — to pick up outside sounds — and a speaker, which plays the sounds at a higher volume into your ear.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse at South Florida Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL. Call (954) 966-7000 to schedule your appointment with your ENT doctor today!
A hearing aid could help you become part of the conversation again.
Do you have trouble understanding what people are saying on the television? Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves over and over again? Does it suddenly seem like those around you are always mumbling or it’s become increasingly difficult to hear people, especially in loud settings? If you said yes, then our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine Hesse are here to tell you how a hearing aid could significantly improve these day-to-day issues.
Most of the questions we asked above address the telltale signs of hearing loss. Of course, hearing loss is usually gradual, so it isn’t always easy to pinpoint when you have a problem; however, trouble hearing people (no matter whether they are in person or on the TV or radio) is one of the first signs that your hearing has diminished.
You may also find that when you are out to dinner or in a crowd that you often have no idea what people are saying. As a result, you may space out or disengage from the conversation entirely, making social gatherings and events more frustrating than fun. Again, if this is starting to sound all-too-familiar then it’s probably time that you scheduled a hearing evaluation with one of our ENT doctors.
What should I expect when wearing a hearing aid?
While glasses or contact lenses are designed to correct poor vision, it’s important to understand that a hearing aid isn’t designed to restore your hearing. Instead, what it does do is amplify the sounds around you, making it easier for you to hear and understand what is being said. Since there are certain tones and pitches that are more difficult to hear when you have hearing loss, these pitches are amplified whenever you wear a hearing aid.
Unfortunately, a lot of people wait too long to get a hearing aid, which is why it’s so important to see a doctor if you suspect that you may have some degree of hearing loss. It’s important to understand that it will take time to adjust to your new device and that the more often you wear it the better. Since hearing loss is something that can impact your physical, mental and even emotional health, it’s important that you have an ENT specialist who listens to your needs and can be there for you to guide you through the process of getting a hearing aid.
If you are noticing changes in your hearing and you’re finding it difficult to understand those around you then it’s time to call the hearing specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, to schedule an evaluation.
How many sinus infections have you had this year? Is it too many to count, or is it one unending bout of sinusitis? Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse expertly treat these debilitating infections. When sprays and antibiotics are ineffective, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.
What is sinusitis?
It's a bacterial or viral infection affecting millions of patients (children through adults in their senior years). Often occurring after the flu or a cold, sinusitis happens when the air-filled spaces in the forehead, inside the cheekbones and behind the nose become inflamed, painful, and clogged with thick, green mucus. Unfortunately, structural problems such as a deviated septum (the dividing partition in the nose) and nasal polyps (fleshy, benign growths) worsen infections.
In general, sinusitis should resolve with a week or two, but acute bouts may last as long as four weeks, say physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. If an infection hits the 12-week mark, ENT doctors call it chronic sinusitis.
Treating sinusitis with balloon sinuplasty in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood
Most sinus infections respond well to humidification, saline nasal sprays, antibiotics (if the infection is bacterial) and steroids to reduce inflammation. However, when infections are stubborn and debilitating, balloon sinuplasty may be needed to open blocked sinus passages and allow free flow of air and nasal secretions.
To determine if you need balloon sinuplasty, your ENT doctor will discuss your symptoms and use diagnostic studies such as CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound to visualize the sinuses. Rhinoscopy, which employs a thin lighted tube inserted into the nose, allows the doctor to see nasal structures and obstructions clearly.
If you qualify, your procedure will happen right at South Florida ENT Associates. Your physician will use a topical anesthetic to numb your nasal passages. He'll introduce a catheter into your nose. Attached to the catheter is a small balloon which the doctor inflates to open up the narrowed areas in the sinuses. A saline rinse removes any mucus build-up.
This treatment takes a little over an hour and requires no cutting, no suturing and little downtime. The International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology says that most patients experience immediate symptom relief that lasts, and they go back to work and other activities within two days.
If your last sinus infection was just one too many or if you're still in the thick of sinusitis and need relief, why not contact South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, to ask about balloon sinuplasty? Our office phone number is (954) 966-7000.
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