Allergy Symptoms

Understand the cause and discover the solution!

Allergic reactions put into motion a chain of bodily reactions that range from inconvenient to life-threatening. To treat allergies effectively, it is important to know exactly what they are, where they come from, and how they interact with your unique health profile. Long-lasting allergy relief is possible with the help of the professional team at New Orleans Sinus Center. We can help you understand and treat your allergies with a customized allergy treatment plan that works.

What are Allergies?

Your immune system is constantly working to identify harmful substances and protect your body from infection, illness, and disease. When the immune system recognizes a harmful substance, it can deploy several resources and activate an immune response. This response works to prevent or fight infection and keep you healthy. However, there are times when the immune system attacks an otherwise harmless substance known as an allergen. The systems that are triggered during this attack create the symptoms that we know as an allergy attack. Some common allergens that are found in the Scottsdale area include:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Insects
  • Pet Dander
  • Air Pollution
  • Food Allergies
What are Allergies?

Allergy Symptoms

Without a full exam, the cause of a sinus condition may be missed. Regardless of the results of an allergy test, sinus issues, including chronic nasal congestion and chronic sinusitis, are often caused by structural problems such as nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates, or a deviated septum. These issues will not show up in any allergy test.

  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Itchy eyes
  • Inflammation
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Facial Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Rash or other skin irritation

The specific collection of allergens that your body responds to is unique to you. Your allergies are a result of your genetics and your environment and they impact you in distinct ways. In addition, allergies can interact with other health conditions such as asthma, sinus infections, or sleep disorders to create excessive discomfort and more complicated illness.

You have an individual allergy profile that requires a customized allergy treatment plan. The first step toward understanding your unique allergies is high-quality testing. This process identifies the specific allergens that trigger your allergic reactions. To achieve the best results, allergy testing should be completed by a professional team that can review and understand your full medical history and deliver a safe, effective, and comprehensive solution.

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are in full bloom during the spring in Scottsdale. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies know the symptoms all too well – runny nose, sneezing, itchy face, and the list goes on. The truth is you do not have to live in misery. Many home remedies exist to minimize seasonal allergy symptoms.

At-home Seasonal Allergy Treatments

Stay indoors
The best thing you can do for yourself is to avoid pollen. Ask others in your household to do yard work and limit the amount of time you spend outside. Check local weather stations for pollen counts so you can gauge the best times to go out.

Use HEPA filters
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are crucial to keeping indoor air clean. Use them in your air conditioners, and vacuum often with your HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.

Over-the-counter medications
OTC medications like oral antihistamines and decongestants can diminish the common symptoms that go hand in hand with seasonal allergies. You can typically use antihistamines on a long-term basis; however, if you find yourself grabbing for the decongestants for more than a few days, it’s time to see an ENT.

Sinus rinses
A sinus rinse can be helpful when you have spent an extended period outside. The saline solution can effectively rinse out mucus and lingering allergens quickly. Always make sure you read the directions carefully before using any type of sinus rinse.

Are seasonal allergies still slowing you down?

If you have tried the home remedies to no avail, then it is time to schedule an appointment with Scottsdale Sinus and Allergy. Our team will provide you with the allergy testing and treatment you need so you can get back to living your best life.

I’m ready to stop suffering from seasonal allergies

Allergy Testing

The first step toward a successful treatment plan is comprehensive allergy testing. The best treatment for allergies is the treatment that is specifically designed to target your unique allergy profile. Your body is exposed to countless substances each day and the only way to know which ones are triggering allergies and which ones are harmless is to isolate each substance and examine how the body responds. Our testing procedures will identify allergies to pollen, dust, mold, insects, and dozens of other common indoor, outdoor, food, and animal allergens.

The professional team at Scottsdale Sinus & Allergy Center uses state-of-the-art allergy testing procedures to achieve the most accurate results. Modern testing is safe and discomfort is kept to a minimum. Depending on your specific allergy issues and other medical conditions, the following testing procedures may be used:

Skin Prick Testing

This is the most common process for quickly identifying allergies in adults and children. It uses safe allergen extracts and exposes them to tiny pricks in the skin to measure the body’s reaction.

Under the Skin Testing

This is the most common process for quickly identifying allergies in adults and children. It uses safe allergen extracts and exposes them to tiny pricks in the skin to measure the body’s reaction.

Blood Testing

Blood testing for allergies is not common, but depending on your specific health history and unique allergy issues there may be times when it is necessary. If you are taking medications for other health conditions that would interfere with skin testing results then blood testing may be appropriate. Blood testing may also be necessary for patients with certain skin conditions or those who are being tested for particularly strong allergens. Our team will review your full health history to understand when blood testing is most appropriate.

Allergy Treatment you can rely on!

Our professional team will ensure that you experience safe, accurate, and comfortable allergy testing so that your allergy treatment plan is customized to your unique needs.

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Allergy Treatment

Once testing is complete, our team will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. This plan will take into account your specific allergy issues along with your long-term health goals and your budget. We take time to listen to you and work together to design a plan with your needs in mind.

When it comes to allergy treatment, you have options. Here are some of the most common treatments for allergies that are available to you.

Allergy Avoidance

One of the most effective natural allergy treatments is a comprehensive plan to avoid certain allergens. Avoidance is a critical part of most food allergy treatments, but can also be highly effective for environmental and other allergens. Depending on your unique allergy profile, avoidance may not always be possible; however, there may be ways to reduce exposure to limit and manage attacks. Treating allergies naturally with allergy avoidance can be an important part of your customized treatment plan.

Medication

Allergy symptoms are often among the first signs of allergies in adults and children. These symptoms are not the root cause, but they do have the greatest negative impact on daily life for allergy sufferers. Medications will not treat the underlying allergy, but they are highly effective in managing symptoms to improve the overall quality of life. These medications can control congestion, inflammation, and block histamine. They can be used to treat mild to severe seasonal allergy symptoms as well as year round allergens.

Allergy medications should always be taken under a doctor’s supervision. A targeted combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications can be an effective tool to fight the symptoms of allergies. You may want to consider using allergy medications as part of your successful treatment plan.

ENT, Sleep, and Sinus Treatment

Your allergy problems may be part of an overall health condition that is complicated by a sleep disorder, sinus problem, or another ear, nose, and throat issue. Scottsdale Sinus & Allergy Center is uniquely qualified with a team of professionals that can identify and treat these important related issues. Your treatment plan must include comprehensive solutions that result in lasting relief for all of your related allergy issues.

Immunotherapy

The only allergy treatment solution that works to address your underlying allergies is immunotherapy. This is the process of slowly retraining the body’s immune system to respond naturally to harmless allergens. Gradually exposing the body to safe amounts of your specific allergens will allow the immune system to recognize and differentiate between allergens and other substances that cause illness.

The two most common forms of immunotherapy are known as Allergy Shots and Allergy Drops. Both types are safe and highly effective in retraining the immune system. Allergy Shots are a traditional method that has been used to treat generations of allergy sufferers. Allergy Drops are a modern solution that combines the safety and success of shots with a convenient and pain-free delivery system.

If your long-term goal is to reduce or eliminate allergies, then immunotherapy should be part of your individualized treatment plan.

Your Allergies and Our Team

We are exceptionally qualified to address your allergy issues because our team of allergy professionals can provide comprehensive care and customized treatment. From testing to treatment, we will develop a plan to address your unique allergy symptoms as well as treat the underlying allergy problems. Get the personalized care that works for you and clears your condition. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Brian Lee and Scottsdale Sinus & Allergy Center.