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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!
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.
Find out how to get your allergy symptoms under control.
You know the symptoms: red, itchy eyes, a runny nose that just won’t quit and constant sneezing. It’s allergy season again! Our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine Hesse are here to provide a little insight into some of the best ways to reduce allergy flare-ups.
Preventing Allergy Symptoms
It’s important that your lifestyle caters a bit to your allergy symptoms and that you avoid the trigger or triggers whenever possible. Once you find out what you’re allergic to then you can figure out ways to avoid it. If you have outdoor allergies then you’ll want to check the weather reports before heading outdoors. During high grass, weed, mold or pollen counts you may want to wear a facemask while going outside or working in the yard.
You and your family members can also track allergens inside. This is why it’s important that you keep your home as clean as possible. Wipe down all surfaces often and make sure you are vacuuming all carpets, flooring and furniture at least once a week.
While we all know that you would rather just prevent allergy symptoms from surfacing, even the best-laid plans can be ruined when you step outside into a haze of pollen or visit your friend to find that she just adopted a cat. For these situations, it’s important that you have allergy medicine by your side to help you kick the symptoms fast.
If you only deal with mild symptoms then you may find that over-the-counter medications are all you need. This could be something as simple as eye drops, nasal sprays or an oral antihistamine. Of course, if your symptoms are more aggressive then you’ll need to turn to our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, ENT doctors for stronger medications. We can prescribe antihistamines, decongestants or a variety of allergy medications, depending on your symptoms. In severe cases, steroids may be recommended.
If you find that these medications just aren’t cutting it then you may want to talk to us about whether allergy shots might be able to help you finally get your symptoms under control.
South Florida ENT Associates provides comprehensive ENT services to the Hollywood, FL, and Pembroke Pines, FL, areas. If you are having trouble getting allergies under control this season then don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Diagnosing sinus-related conditions can be tricky for your ear, nose, and throat doctor. However, with a Xoran MiniCAT CT scan, your doctor can see into the sinus and head, using 3D visual images to aid in the diagnostic process. But what are mini CT scans used for? Find out with Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine V. Hesse at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.
What is a Xoran MiniCT scan?
The Xoran MiniCT scan is a diagnostic tool which creates 3D images of the inside of your body. What sets the MiniCT apart is its open nature, fast scanning process, and ease of use. The scan itself takes only about 40 seconds, where the arm of the machine moves around the head to capture information. Doctors often use the CT scans to diagnose things which they cannot see from the outside of your body like internal bleeding or tumors. However, they can also see the sinus cavity and bones which house it.
What can I expect from a Xoran MiniCT Scan?
The MiniCT scan takes place right in your doctor’s office with a small machine. While a traditional CT scan requires you to lay in a chamber for an extended period of time, the MiniCT will simply circle your head as you stand. The arm swivels around the head to capture the images and your scan is completed in seconds. Compared to traditional CT scans, this is a big change and much more comfortable for the patient. Additionally, the MiniCT scan puts off significantly less radiation than traditional CT scans. The Xoran MiniCT can help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis while avoiding complex diagnostic tools.
Xoran MiniCT Scan in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
If you think you can benefit from a Mini CT scan, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor. They may suggest a scan based on your symptoms or medical history. For more information on Xoran MiniCT Scans, please contact Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine V. Hesse at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL. Call (954) 966-7000 to schedule your appointment with your otolaryngologist today!
Hearing loss is one of the most common public health issues in the United States behind arthritis and heart disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One out of three adults over the age of 65 suffers from some degree of hearing loss, and as many as 15% of children and teenagers between the ages of 6 - 19 suffer from some degree of non-congenital hearing loss. There are four stages of hearing loss:
There are several options available for managing hearing loss, depending on factors like the cause, severity and the patient. The otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL offer a range of hearing aid devices for adults and children living with hearing loss.
Hearing Aids in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
Hearing aids amplify sounds so that you can communicate and follow conversations in both quiet and louder settings, as well as enjoy watching TV and other forms of media without straining to hear. Hearing aids are electrical devices that consist of a microphone, and amplifier, and speaker that help capture, transmit and amplify sounds by turning them into electrical signals. They can be worn in one or both ears, and come in several styles including:
- In the ear
- Behind the ear
- Mini behind the ear
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), hearing aids are best suited for suffering from sensorineural hearing loss, which results from damage to the sensory (hair) cells in the inner ear. The hearing aid works with the remaining healthy hair cells in the ear to convert sound vibrations into neural signals in the brain. Although the level of amplification in a hearing aid can be adjusted to accommodate the degree of damage, they will not work with severely damaged hair cells.
Signs of Hear Loss - When to See an Otolaryngologist
Some of the most common signs of hear loss include:
- Difficulty hearing what people are saying
- Speech sounds like mumbling
- Difficulty hearing the tv or radio at normal volume
- Difficulty hearing in both loud, crowded settings as well as in one on one conversations or in small groups
Find and Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
For more information on the signs and treatment options for hearing loss, contact South Florida ENT Associates by calling (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Jassir or Dr. Mark Sukenik today.