Find out what allergy treatment is right for you!

03/17/2020

If you find yourself dealing with the signs and symptoms of environmental or food allergies, it is time to work directly with a team of professionals to determine the type of allergies present and to discuss possible treatment options. At Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat, our ENT providers are board-certified in otolaryngology and provide allergy services to both children and adults. Finding out what allergens are bothering you is the first step in finding effective treatment.

What are allergies?

Allergies are caused by the body’s immune system. When a harmful substance enters the body, the immune system works to fight it by producing antibodies. With common viruses and illnesses, this a GOOD thing! However, sometimes the body mistakes certain allergens as invaders, and fights them off with what we know as an allergic reaction. This includes the release of histamine which can cause nasal congestion, hives, or itchy eyes.

When patients deal with allergies, they may be dealing with environmental, seasonal, or food allergies. Getting a proper diagnosis is the first step in seeking effective treatment.

  • Seasonal allergies – seasonal allergies are often related to the times of year during which pollen levels are high, typically in the spring and fall. Seasonal allergies may include allergies to trees, grasses, and flowers. Many patients with seasonal allergies find that effective treatment includes regular use of antihistamines to clear the sinuses and relieve the symptoms of what is often referred to as “hay fever.”
  • Environmental allergies – some patients deal with allergies that relate to in-home issues, such as pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites. Common environmental allergies within the home can be relieved with the use of oral allergy medication, nasal sprays, or avoidance of allergy triggers.
  • Food allergies – patients with food allergies may experience hives or anaphylaxis if they consume anything that they are allergic to. This may include nuts, strawberries, dairy, or other food products. Food allergies can be life-threatening, so proper testing and diagnosis helps patients determine the foods they need to avoid. Most food allergies are handled with an injectable medication that is administered if the allergen has been consumed.

Are you ready to take charge of your allergies?

Contact the team of Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat by calling (732) 280-7855 to schedule an evaluation. Our team of doctors are here to assist with diagnosing specific allergens and helping patients find the right treatment for their needs.