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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.
What Your ENT specialists in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood want you to know
If you have allergies, you know how miserable they can be. You’ve experienced the runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. The good news is you can get relief from allergies. Your ear, nose and throat specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, want to help you control your allergy symptoms.
Allergies are caused by your body’s reaction to an irritating substance, called an allergen. Common allergens can be from animals, foods or plants. You can also experience allergy symptoms throughout the year. Common spring and summer allergens include grass or tree pollen. In the fall or winter, you may experience indoor allergies from mold, pet dander or dust mites.
Fortunately, you can do something about your allergies, but the first thing to do is find out what you are allergic to. Your ENT specialists will do comprehensive allergy testing to determine what your body is reacting to. Common allergy testing methods include:
- Skin tests; injecting small amounts of allergen slightly under the skin; a positive reaction usually happens within 20 minutes.
- Challenge tests; you ingest or inhale a small amount of allergen and wait for a reaction; this test is used to determine food or medication allergies.
- Blood tests; a small amount of blood is sent to a laboratory for testing.
Once the allergy testing is complete, there are effective treatments to cope with your allergies, including allergy injections and sublingual drop therapy.
There are many things you can do at home too in order to limit exposure to allergens and decrease your symptoms. Consider:
- Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
- Nasal irrigation with saline solution to clean out your nasal passages
- Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
- Frequently vacuuming or replacing carpeting with hardwood floors
- Using hypoallergenic pillowcases and bedding
- Keeping pets from coming into your bedroom and off of furniture
- Closing windows and doors in spring and summer to limit pollen exposure
You don’t have to deal with your allergies alone. Allergy relief is just a phone call away from your ear, nose and throat specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL. Call today and feel better!
Do I suffer from seasonal allergies?
Also known as hay fever and allergic rhinitis, the symptoms of seasonal allergies can range in severity from mild sniffles and sneezing, to what can feel like a bad case of the flu or upper respiratory infection. Caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, allergies are very common and affect millions of people each year.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Allergies can affect everyone differently. While some people may only experience watery eyes and occasional sneezing, others may suffer from a combination of symptoms that can interfere with work and leisure activities. This may require treatment with medication and antihistamines. The otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates, in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL, treat children and adults for the discomfort that some allergy symptoms can cause each year.
Some of the most common seasonal allergy symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery, red, puffy eyes
- Ear aches
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Sore/irritated throat
- Loss of smell
- "Itchy palette"
Seasonal Allergy Treatment in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines , FL
Depending on the symptoms and how long they last, treatment options range from standard over the counter antihistamines and decongestants to stronger prescription medications. There is no cure for seasonal allergies, and treatment options are designed to address the symptoms.
In more severe cases, where symptoms do not resolve on their own or respond to over the counter treatments, the otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates also offer corticosteroid prescriptions and immunotherapy for allergies (allergy shots) for patients with more intense symptoms that can last for months at a time each year.
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines , FL
If you are suffering from seasonal allergies or any other ear, nose and throat condition such as asthma or an ear infection, contact South Florida ENT Associates at (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment today.