ENT Allergy Little Elm Doctor / Allergies Little Elm
ENT Allergy Little Elm Doctor/ Allergies Little Elm
Do you suffer regularly from a runny nose, excessive sneezing and coughing, and/or itchy watery eyes? If your answer is yes, then you could be suffering from allergies. You have discovered the team of doctors, in Little Elm, that can address your allergy issues. Little Elm is located in North Texas and its residents are exposed the same allergens as the rest of North Texas. North Texas was ranked 23rd in the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s list of top 100 “allergy capitals” for 2016 and was 17th in 2015.
An allergy is classified as an asymmetrical sensitivity or magnified reaction by the immune system to a substance, otherwise known as an allergen. An allergen does not generate an allergic reaction or symptoms in most people. Some specific examples of allergens are: plant pollen, pet dander, insect venom, dust, mold, foods and drugs. Common allergic conditions connected to allergic reactions are sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and drainage, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever. When itchy and swollen eyes are present, this is known as allergic conjunctivitis. Other known conditions associated with allergies are asthma, eczema and hives.
An allergy genetic link has some validity but a predisposition to allergy development is not always inevitable or predetermined. Children sometimes develop dissimilar allergies to their parents. Some allergy types start at a young age, whereas others take time or several pollen seasons to appear. Some allergies have developed later in life. The recognition and treatment of allergies early can have an impact by reducing asthma symptoms.
The identification of specific allergies within a patient, a skin test/allergy test must be conducted. This skin test has been found to be very effective in the evaluation of both inhalant and food allergens.
As previously mentioned, there are common and less common symptoms associated with allergies, which are no different for Little Elm residents, which include:
- Runny nose
- Post nasal drip
- Itchy / Watery eyes
- Loss of taste and smell
- Low productivity/Poor concentration
- Sleep disturbances
Allergy symptoms are inconvenient or irritating and can interfere with everyday activities and sleep, resulting in increased absences from school or work, loss of productivity, and an overall poor quality of life. Seek the help of one of our amazing physicians and start your road to allergy treatment.
After being tested and your specific allergies are determined, a successful treatment plan can be prescribed. The allergy treatment plans may include:
- Avoidance of allergens
- Allergy Tablets
- Allergy Shots (SCIT)
- Allergy Drops (SLIT)
The avoidance of allergens is the most apparent treatment, but living in a bubble is unrealistic. There are things that can be done to minimize specific allergen exposure. Pollen and/or grass allergies can be as simple as keeping windows closed and showering immediately after outdoor activities. Allergy-proof mattress and pillow covers are excellent for people with a dust allergy. Other methods to avoid allergens can be discussed with your physician.
Often, we find patients initially try to suffer through their allergies and let them go untreated. Untreated allergies can be the underlying cause of eczema, frequent sinus, ear and upper and lower respiratory tract infections, and aggravate or cause asthma. Do not ignore your allergy symptoms and let them control you and your life.
Little Elm residents call or complete our easy form today and let our team of allergy experts get you back to a productive allergy free life. (972)596-4005.