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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!
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.