Solving Your Allergy Problems
Your allergy problems deserve a solution. The coughing, sneezing, headaches, skin conditions, breathing issues, and other symptoms impact your daily life. They take away your energy, make it difficult to focus, and rob you of the quality of life that you deserve. It’s time to take control of your allergies with a treatment solution that is custom designed for you.
Allergy season is year-round in Baton Rouge and surrounding southern Louisiana communities. The professional allergy team at Louisiana Ear Nose Throat & Sinus (L.E.N.T.S) will help you get to the bottom of your allergy issues and design a treatment plan that is affordable, safe, and effective.
Diagnosis: Identifying the allergies that impact you
Allergy testing is the first step toward improving your allergy health. Allergy problems are unique to each individual. Everyone’s immune system responds to different allergens and symptoms impact different people in different ways. To identify the specific allergens that impact you, detailed allergy testing will be completed.
The results of testing will be evaluated along with your detailed family medical history. This will ensure that your test results are accurate and that your treatment plan is safe and effective. The testing process involves methodically exposing you to safe amounts of dozens of allergens. Each allergen will be assessed by a professional to see how you respond in order to put together a treatment plan that is just right for you.
Allergy Treatment Options: Finding the right solution for you
Your allergy issues are unique to you and your treatment options should be as well. There is no “one size fits all” allergy treatment and it is important to find a professional that will help you explore all of your options to come up with the treatment plan that works for you.
The professional team at Louisiana Ear Nose Throat & Sinus will help you find the solution that:
- Treats your underlying allergy issues
- Provides safe and effective symptom relief
- Fits your busy schedule
- Works within your budget
- Goes beyond symptoms and gets to the root of your allergy problems
- Improves your overall quality of life
Here are some of the most common allergy treatment options.
Allergy Medications: Treating your symptoms
Depending on your specific allergies and the severity of your symptoms, allergy medication may be an effective solution. Medications can reduce symptoms and quickly improve your quality of life. The most common allergy treatment medicine types include decongestants, antihistamines, and corticosteroids. These medications come in many different forms that are designed to treat specific allergy symptoms. These include:
- Liquid solutions
- Nasal sprays
- Skin creams
- Eye drops
Some allergy medications have been around for decades and others are on the cutting edge of medical treatment. First, second, and third-generation medications are available to treat allergy symptoms such as:
- Stuffy nose
Our team will give you all the information that you need to decide if medication is an appropriate short-term or long-term solution for your allergies. We will evaluate your medical history to see if medication is safe and will not cause significant side effects or other problems with your underlying medical conditions. If you decide to start a medication treatment plan, we will help you make an informed decision that is right for you.
Immunotherapy: Allergy treatment that gets to the root of the problem
If you are looking for a long-term solution that goes beyond simply treating the symptoms, then allergy immunotherapy may be the treatment plan for you.
An allergic reaction happens when your body’s immune system reacts to an otherwise harmless substance. When the body fights the substance, you experience the inflammation, itching, sneezing, and other symptoms of an allergy attack. The only lasting allergy treatment solution is to retrain your body’s immune system to stop attacking the allergen.
This process of retraining your immune system is known as immunotherapy. It involves exposing yourself to trace amounts of allergens over time. As your body learns to respond appropriately, the amounts of exposure can be increased until you eventually no longer experience allergy attacks.
Our team will evaluate your allergy test results and develop a custom allergy treatment solution that is specifically targeted to address your allergies. This treatment can be done through allergy shots or allergy drops. Both shots and drops are effective in retraining your immune system. You can choose the treatment plan that works best for you.
Allergy Shots: A time-tested allergy treatment plan
Allergy shots are the most common method of allergy immunotherapy. Physicians have been providing allergy treatment with shots for more than 100 years and generations of patients have found lasting relief.
An allergy shot treatment plan involves regular visits to our office where the shot will be administered by one of our professional team members. This will ensure that the shot was delivered correctly and that there are no adverse reactions. These shots use a very small needle and usually only result in minor discomfort.
The treatment solution that is injected will contain a mixture that includes tiny amounts of your specific allergens. There will be enough of each allergen to activate the immune system, but not enough to trigger an allergy attack. Patients often report a reduction in allergy symptoms after a very short period of treatment and long-term treatment can significantly reduce or totally eliminate your allergies.
Allergy Drops: A modern approach to allergy treatment
Allergy drops are a modern allergy treatment option that works under the same general principle as shots. Rather than placing the treatment solution under the skin, the solution can be placed under the tongue. Just like allergy shots, the solution contains tiny amounts of allergens that are safe.
There are a number of distinct advantages of allergy drops which include:
- Allergy treatment at home: no need for additional office visits to take the treatment
- Allergy treatment without pain: those who are sensitive to allergy shots can avoid the discomfort
- Allergy treatment on your schedule: You don’t need to pause your life to visit the doctor’s office
Choosing an Allergist: Not all allergy treatments are created equal
Choosing the right allergist is the most important decision in your allergy treatment plan. Whether you have food allergies, seasonal allergies, animal allergies, environmental allergies, or allergy-related asthma our team can walk you through the process from evaluation to testing and ultimately to allergy relief. It is important to choose professionals who are knowledgable, trusted, and listen to your needs.
The team at Louisiana Ear Nose Throat & Sinus has built a reputation of quality care that delivers results for our patients. We listen to you and apply the most advanced treatments to your situation.
Contact us today to start working on an allergy treatment plan that works for you.