Allergies occur when your immune system reacts abnormally to a normal substance, such as a pollen or a food. Different people have different allergies, but 2 out of 10 Americans suffer from some type of allergy. Left untreated, allergies can not only make you miserable, but also they can lead to other problems.
- About 8 out of 10 people’s allergic rhinitis (nasal itching, stuffiness, or congestion) goes undiagnosed and untreated
- Allergic responses range from mild symptoms to severe, life-threatening reactions
- A family history of allergies increases your chance of having an allergy
- People with allergies are more likely to develop other problems including upper respiratory infections, asthma, nasal polyps, inflammation or infection in the ears, or inflamed sinuses—surgery might even be required to resolve complications from allergies
- Children with nasal allergies (about 4 out of 10) are about 2.5 times as likely to develop asthma
If you suspect you might have allergies, the first step to feeling better is an allergy test. Allergy skin testing is a simple, painless way to discover if you are suffering from allergies. Once allergies are identified by your doctor, you can start an effective treatment plan to reduce your symptoms. Many people find that once they manage their allergies, they experience a better quality of life.
Our allergy and immunology clinic is ideal for people suffering from:
- Food allergies
- Chronic sinusitis
Immunotherapy is a very common way to treat allergies. About 8 out of 10 people who receive this treatment have fewer allergy symptoms after a year and a lower chance for other problems such as infections or asthma.
Immunotherapy can help:
- Eliminate the need to take medication for allergy symptoms
- Stop your body from developing new allergies
- Slow or stop the onset of asthma
- Reduce asthma symptoms, which could result in fewer medications and fewer airway spasms (wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness)
Rex ENT Specialists at Wakefield can help those suffering from allergies. The addition of the allergy clinic to our office means Dr. Esa Bloedon and Dr. Brett Dorfman can diagnose and treat patients with allergies, as well as other ear, nose and throat disorders that affect children and adults.
After an appointment with one of our physicians, our team will work with you to setup and ongoing treatment plan that is tailored to your specific allergies.
To schedule and appointment, call (919) 570-5900.