Allergies to pollen, dust, and animal dander cause persistent symptoms like watery eyes and runny nose that can have a significant impact on your daily life. If you’re struggling with an allergy, the experienced team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. can help. At their locations in Kittery, Maine, and Stratham, New Hampshire, they can isolate the cause of your allergies and use long-term solutions like immunotherapy to relieve your symptoms. To benefit from the team’s allergy expertise, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Allergies develop when the immune system overreacts to encountering a specific substance. You can have an allergy to anything you breathe in, touch, or eat, but there are certain allergens (substances that trigger an allergic reaction) that are particularly common.
Allergens that typically cause respiratory symptoms include:
Other allergies, such as those to certain foods or insect venom, may cause a rash, swelling, and, in extreme cases, anaphylaxis – a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction that can affect breathing.
Respiratory allergies typically cause symptoms such as:
Ongoing or recurring problems like postnasal drip and chronic sinusitis can set in, and you could get frequent headaches.
Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.'s allergy specialists have on-site testing facilities to provide a prompt, convenient diagnosis of your allergy.
To diagnose an allergy, your provider at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. might use a skin prick or scratch test. They make a tiny prick or scratch in your arm and add a potential allergen to see if your body reacts. If the scratch swells and turns red, that indicates you're allergic to the substance. You can have multiple skin prick tests during one session.
In some cases, you might need to undergo a patch test, where your provider applies the potential allergen to your skin and then covers it with a dressing. You return after a day or so to see if there's any reaction. Blood tests may also be necessary.
Once you know what’s causing your allergies, you can protect yourself to a degree by avoiding that substance as much as possible. You can also use medications such as antihistamines to reduce the severity of your symptoms. These medicines are available as nasal sprays or oral pills.
Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. also specializes in treating allergies using immunotherapy, which is effective for hay fever and allergic asthma. Immunotherapy treatment involves having regular allergy injections or putting drops under your tongue (known as sublingual immunotherapy).
The immunotherapy shots and drops contain minute quantities of the substances to which you're allergic. Regular, frequent exposure to these tiny amounts of allergens enables your body to become accustomed to them and learn to recognize them as non-threatening. This process may take several years to complete.
If your allergies are interfering with daily living, call Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. today or book an appointment online.