Based on your ENT evaluation, history, examination, x-rays, or environmental issues, your doctor might suggest that allergy could be a cause. A complete allergy work-up and allergy management program may be right for you.

A common allergy test is called IDT (Intradermal Titration). This test is done on your upper arms or back using tiny needles that go right under the top layer of skin. The test takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete. It will tell us how sensitive you are to the positive allergens. If your doctor determines you are a candidate for allergy shots, this information is needed to make the serum for you. After testing is completed, treatment for your allergies can begin. This process takes time to work and may often be continued for years, but will often bring long lasting relief.

Other treatments are less specific and include antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroid medicines that fortunately today are very safe and effective when used appropriately.

The best treatment for allergies is avoidance of the particular pollen, mold, dust, food, or chemical that is causing the problems. Unfortunately, avoidance is easy to prescribe but not often very practical. Self-help suggestions such as frequent changing of air filters, wearing pollen masks, enclosing mattresses in plastic barriers, keeping windows closed during heavy pollination seasons, removing feather pillows and wool blankets, and ridding the home of indoor plants that grow mildew may be very effective. Some more difficult but important measures include: avoidance of tobacco products and animals that produce dander.

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