Updated: Jul 13, 2022
An allergy is a strong reaction by the immune system in response to the body’s exposure to certain foreign substances, called “allergens”. Allergies affect nearly 20 percent of Americans. In nonallergic individuals, the foreign substances are perceived by the body as harmless and do not cause any response.
In allergic individuals, however, the body perceives a foreign substance as harmful and the allergic part of the immune system generates a response. These responses, or symptoms, include runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, recurrent “colds” or sinus infections, wheezing and rashes.
Common food allergies include nut, milk, wheat and shellfish products. Common seasonal allergies result from grass, weeds, tree pollen and mold. Pet allergies result from cat and dog dander. While many people outgrow allergies over time, other individuals develop allergies later in life. Environment plays a role in the development of allergies, however there is a greater risk of developing allergic conditions if a person has a family history of allergy, especially in parents or siblings.
At ENT Specialists, we provide comprehensive allergy testing which includes environmental control counseling, allergy shots and drops, and medical therapies such as oral antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and antihistamine nasal sprays.
Call our offices or set up an appointment today to speak with a specialist who can help you with a treatment plan for your allergies.