Allergies can be debilitating. For some, it means staying indoors during the best seasons. Or not visiting friends who have pets. For others, it means never leaving the house without Kleenex, or constantly waking up feeling fatigued. You don’t have to live with these symptoms. At Advanced ENT & Allergy Center, we can help. We offer on-site environmental allergy testing so we can determine what you are allergic to and then our allergy treatment experts can work with you to come up with a treatment plan that fits your goals and lifestyle.
Allergy symptoms can be anything from a runny nose to an upset stomach. Here are some common (and not-so-common) symptoms:
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pressure
- Post-nasal drainage
- Itchy eyes or nose
- Drippy nose
- Sore throat
- Frequent throat clearing
- Hoarse voice
- Worsening of asthma
- Upset stomach
- Frequent sinus infections
- Ear fullness and pressure
- Itchy throat
- Sinus drainage
- Facial pressure
How we treat allergy symptoms
Our allergy treatment process is thorough, and it works. We offer the following options:
- Allergy Testing: An in-office skin test to determine if allergies (and which allergies) are causing your headaches
- Environmental Control: We’ll help you find ways to avoid allergens by suggesting changes in diet and lifestyle
- Medications: We can prescribe medications (like antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays) to help relieve symptoms
- Sublingual Allergy Drops: Daily drops under your tongue helping your body slowly learn not to react to allergic stimuli
Pioneering Allergy Drops in Colorado
One of our doctors, Dr. Menachof, has been treating allergy patients for over two decades. He was the first to bring allergy drops to Colorado in 2004, and most of his patients have made the switch from shots to drops. More than 75% of his allergy patients have completed the sublingual immunotherapy treatment program and achieved long-lasting results.
Frequently Asked Questions about Allergy Symptoms
An allergy is an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance (called an allergen)such as pet dander. When an allergen enters the body of an allergic person, that person’s immune systems views the allergen as an invader. White blood cells of the immune system produce IgE antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to special cells called mast cells, causing a release of potent chemicals like histamine. These chemicals cause symptoms – a runny nose, watery eyes, itching and sneezing.
Allergen immunotherapy is an allergy treatment where tiny amounts of allergens are given to a patient (either injections or oral drops) for 3-5 years. By gradually increasing the amount of extract, tolerance to the offending allergen increases and symptoms are alleviated.
Since a hyperactive immune system causes allergies, most people with allergy symptoms respond to allergens present in every season (trees in the spring, grasses in the summer, ragweeds in the fall, and mold in the winter).