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Allergies Specialist

Cedar Crest Ear Nose and Throat Associates

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & A Private Medical Practice located in Allentown, PA

As many as 50 million people experience allergy-related symptoms each year. At Cedar Crest ENT Associates in Allentown, Pennsylvania, experienced ENT specialist Theodore Gaylor, MD, and Mikhail Domnine, PA-C, offer comprehensive treatment for allergies. The medical team provides on-site diagnostics, including CT scans and allergy testing, to determine the source of your allergies. A same-day diagnosis ensures you can start treatment right away. Schedule an allergy evaluation by calling the office today or requesting an appointment online.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s overreaction to substances in your environment typically not considered harmful. When you come in contact with these substances, your immune system produces antigens to fight off a perceived attack on your body. 

The production of these antigens triggers a variety of symptoms that can be severe enough to interfere with your quality of life. 

You can develop allergies at any time and may be at increased risk if you have a family history of allergies. Common allergens that can trigger symptoms include:

  • Mold 
  • Dust
  • Latex
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites
  • Pollen and ragweed

Ingredients in certain medications can cause an allergic reaction, as can some foods, especially peanuts and soy.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Exposure to allergens can cause a variety of symptoms. When you make contact with substances like pollen and mold, you may experience:

  • Coughing 
  • Sneezing 
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes

Insect bites and contact with latex or other substances can produce a rash, swelling, and hives. If you have food allergies, you may experience swelling in your mouth or tongue, dizziness, and stomach cramps. If you have asthma, exposure to allergens can trigger an asthma attack.

For some, allergens can cause anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that causes sudden inflammation in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe. Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment to prevent serious health complications. 

How are allergies diagnosed?

The team at Cedar Crest ENT Associates offers on-site allergy testing to determine the root cause of your allergies. This involves pricking your skin with small amounts of common allergens to see if your skin reacts. 

For food allergies, your provider has you keep a food diary where you record the foods you eat and any symptoms you experience. They may also suggest an elimination diet, where you avoid certain foods and then reintroduce them to help narrow down what’s triggering your symptoms. 

To rule out underlying sinus obstructions and sinusitis, Cedar Crest ENT Associates uses computed tomography (CT) scan technology to view the inner structures of your sinuses.

How are allergies treated?

Treating allergies often involves a combination of avoiding allergy triggers and using medications to ease your symptoms.

The team at Cedar Crest ENT Associates offers immunotherapy, or allergy injections, to reduce your body’s reaction to allergens. This involves regular injections of small amounts of known allergens over a period of several years. 

If you have anaphylaxis, your provider prescribes an epinephrine injection to use during emergencies. They can also prescribe asthma medications in an inhaler to treat sudden asthma attacks due to allergies. 

To learn more about available treatment options for allergies, call Cedar Crest ENT Associates or request an appointment online today.