Allergy Treatments (Allergy Drops and Allergy Shots)

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
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Breathing problems, such as asthma exacerbation

Common allergens include:

  • Pollens
  • Food
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Feathers
  • Animal dander
  • Drugs such as penicillin
  • Airborne pollutants

Treatment

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

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.