Millions of adults and children suffer from nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. An allergy is an immune system response to a substance the body has determined is an unwelcome invader. When the immune system recognizes one of these invaders, it triggers a series of reactions to get rid of it.
Lake Regional Ear, Nose and Throat specialist Edward Barns, M.D., FACS, can help determine the substances causing allergy symptoms and develop a management plan to help make life with allergies more comfortable. To schedule an appointment, call 573-302-2864.
Allergic symptoms often include:
- Itchy and water eyes
- Stuffy/runny nose
- Breathing problems, such as asthma exacerbation
Common allergens include:
- Animal dander
- Drugs such as penicillin
- Airborne pollutants
For some allergy sufferers, symptoms are seasonal and can be controlled with medications and avoidance. But for others, an evaluation should include a skin test to determine the substances causing the problem, and a thorough examination of the sinuses to determine if polyps or a deviated septum may be the issue.
Immunotherapy is a method of treating allergies by desensitizing patients to allergens over time, either with sublingual allergy drops or allergy shots.
To schedule an appointment, call 573-302-2864.