You’re not alone if you suffer from allergies. In fact, millions of people have them. Allergies can appear at any age, and can even disappear in childhood, only to reappear in adulthood. Allergy is a condition, often inherited, in which the immune system of the affected person reacts to something eaten or something in the environment that doesn’t affect most other people. People often think of an allergy as only “hayfever,” with sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic “sinus” problems, post nasal drip, head congestion, frequent “colds,” recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, chronic cough and asthma. Even stomach and intestinal problems, many skin rashes, chronic headaches and fatigue can be symptoms of allergy.
Your Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Allergist is a specialist who can diagnose and treat allergies affecting the ear, nose and throat. Because the ENT Allergist is an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon and specialist, other non-allergic diseases of the upper respiratory tract can also be efficiently diagnosed and treated. To diagnose and treat your allergies, ENT Allergist uses methods that have been shown to not only identify specific allergens, but also to achieve effective control of allergies quickly. The ENT doctor who does his own allergy treatment is able to follow the patient’s progress with specialized examinations and medical and surgical treatment, such as polyp removal, placement of middle ear ventilating tubes, straightening of the nasal septum and treatment of sinus infections.