As an experienced allergy doctor, our practice is heavily involved and proficient at understanding and treating allergies. The most common symptoms of an allergy are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy nose, itchy eye, hives, asthma, and recurrent sinus or ear infections. With a proper diagnosis from a professionally trained and certified allergy doctor, finding the right treatment is well within reach.
What are the causes of allergies? You’ll find them both inside and out. Certain allergens are frequently present in your home – these include house dust and household pet dander. Symptoms from these allergens are frequently worse in the Winter when the house is closed up. Mold spores cause at least as many allergy problems as pollens and grow both outdoors and indoors. Dead leaves and farm areas are common sources for outdoor molds. Indoor plants, old books, bathrooms, and damp areas are common sources of indoor mold growth. Molds are also common in foods, such as cheese and fermented beverages. Seasonal allergies are caused by pollens of trees, grasses, and weeds.
Otolaryngologists (Ear, Nose and Throat doctors) can test to determine the sources of allergies and assess how to manage them. This testing will indicate the materials to which you are allergic and the degree of your sensitivity to them. Treatment protocols are then used to control allergies. These include injections and or medications. Allergy injections can desensitize you to those allergens that you are sensitive to, including pollens, molds, animal dander, etc. Allergy testing for foods is also available.