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By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
July 19, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy Testing  

Allergies are more than a nuisance. Watery eyes and sneezing at peak hay fever season are one thing, but anaphylactic shock in response to a bee sting is another. If you want to take control of your allergies and know your triggers, come to Carolina Ear Nose and Throat Clinic in Orangeburg. Allergists, Dr. John Ansley and Dr. Rocco Cassone, perform allergy testing, set treatment plans, and educate patients on their allergies.

FAQs on allergy testing

How can my doctor know I have allergies and what they are?

Your Orangeburg allergist will listen to your symptoms. This is an very important aspect of your evaluation. Most people exhibit mild to severe (and everything in between) signs that their immune systems are super-sensitive to factors in the environment--things such as insect vectors, dust, food, animal dander, pollen, smoke, drugs, and more. Testing introduces small samples of suspected allergy triggers to the patient, and the physician notes the reaction and its severity.

Why can't my primary care physician test me for allergies?

A board-certified otolaryngologist with specialized training in allergies is the best source for testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergies. They have the expertise and the experience to decipher the complexities of a person's response to triggers which are unique to them, their household and their work environment. An allergist helps the patient live a full and active life and manage symptoms successfully with the least invasive intervention possible.

Do allergy tests hurt?

Discomfort is very minor, and the tests yield accurate results quickly, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. They are performed right at Carolina Ear Nose and Throat and are fully monitored by Dr. Ansley or Dr. Cassone. So, you know you'll be safe and get the best analysis of your body's reactions.

What kinds of testing are there?

There are a few. One involves basic blood work. Another is called a puncture test, and a third is the intradermal test.

The puncture, or prick, test is very common and introduces tiny amounts of suspected allergens under the skin. Raised bumps called wheals indicate you are allergic to the particular substance.

The intradermal test uses a needle to inject larger amounts of allergen under the skin. The reactions are interpreted by the doctor.

Finally, some people undergo challenge testing. This kind of test is monitored very carefully as the patient is asked to consume or sniff suspected allergens.

What do the results of my tests show?

They show what you are sensitive to and how sensitive you are. Your allergist will work with you to determine treatment through over the counter medications, trigger avoidance, prescriptions or other ways to keep your symptoms from affecting your health and quality of life.

More questions?

Why not contact Carolina Ear Nose Throat Clinic for a consultation with one of our wonderful allergy specialists? They'll guide you through everything. Call the Orangeburg, SC, location at (803) 536-5511, and for the Walterboro office, phone (843) 549-1720.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
April 11, 2019
Category: Service
Tags: Keloid Treatment  

A keloid is a type of raised scar that develops after an injury has healed. Keloids can form where the skin is damaged, such as by a Scarspiercing, cut, burn, acne, or chickenpox. Keloid scars are treatable by medical professionals. Led by Dr. John Ansley, Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic (with offices in Orangeburg, SC, and Walterboro South, SC) offers keloid treatment to the patients they serve. Read on to learn about keloid treatment options.

1. Corticosteroid shots: Corticosteroid shots are used to treat keloid scars. These injections are often part a treatment plan for keloid scars. Injections are usually given into the keloid once every four to eight weeks. When injected into the keloid scar, these medicines help to shrink the scar. However, many of these keloids will regrow within several years. To improve results, doctors often add another therapy to the treatment plan.

2. Laser treatment: Laser therapy can improve the appearance of keloid scars. The pulsed-dye laser can be effective at flattening keloid scars and making them look less red. Treatment is very safe and not very painful, but several treatment sessions may be needed. Laser treatment is often used along with another treatment like a series of corticosteroid shots.

3. Keloid surgery: Keloid surgery involves surgically cutting out the keloid. Surgery alone is usually not the best option to remove keloid scars because they can grow back. To reduce the risk of a keloid returning after surgical removal, doctors often treat patients with another keloid treatment after the surgery. Cryotherapy or injections of corticosteroids may help reduce the risk.

You can stop the pain and embarrassment of keloid scars. Call Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic today to schedule an appointment in Orangeburg, SC or Walterboro South, SC. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic!

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
January 23, 2019
Category: ENT Care

An ear, nose, and throat doctor, also known as an ENT or otorhinolaryngologist, specializes in diagnosing and treating problems concerning the head and neck area. Read below to see an outlining of a few of the conditions that your ENT doctor, Dr. John Ansley of theEar, Nose, and Throat Doctor Carolina ENT Clinic in Orangeburg, SC, treat in bodily areas.

 

Ears

Within the ears are tiny, complicated structures that can cause problems with hearing and balance when they are infected or otherwise damaged. Your Orangeburg ENT can diagnose conditions like ear infections, hearing loss, or inflammation that causes dizziness or a feeling of imbalance and also make recommendations on how to resolve these issues.

 

Nose

Sinusitis is a very common nose-related problem seen at the Carolina ENT Clinic in Orangeburg. Seasonal and environmental allergies, deviation of the septum (the space between the nostrils), and obstruction in the nasal passageways all cause symptoms within the nose, most commonly congestion, pain, or drainage. All of these issues can be treated by Dr. Ansley.

 

Throat

A persistent feeling of hoarseness or being unable to project your voice usually warrants a visit to your Orangeburg ENT. Chronic laryngitis, caused by inflammation or nodules on the vocal cords, is one of the main throat conditions seen by our doctors. They also diagnose and manage cancer of the larynx (i.e. the windpipe) as well as other conditions that may require a tracheostomy (a surgical opening in the trachea that bypasses the throat).

Of course, our otorhinolaryngologists have a wide range of experience and training in many other diseases and conditions of the head and neck, including trauma reconstruction, thyroid problems, and oral cancer. If you are in the Orangeburg, South Carolina area, contact Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic today at (803) 536-5511 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled ENT doctor!

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
November 05, 2018
Category: Service
Tags: Allergy Tests  

Visit Your Allergist for Allergy Testing

Do you need allergy tests? An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to common substances such as dust, pollen, or foods. Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, and swelling. Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic, which has offices in Orangeburg, SC, and Walterboro South, SC, offers allergy testing and treatment. Dr. John Ansley and Dr. Rocco Cassone are some of the top ENT Doctors in Orangeburg, SC. Here are five highly accurate diagnostic tests for food allergies.

1. Skin Prick Testing: A Skin Prick Test (SPT) checks for allergic reactions to many different substances at once. The skin prick test is usually done to identify allergies to dust mites, foods, pet dander, pollen and mold. The procedure involves pricking the skin with a pin or needle containing a small amount of the allergen. About 15 minutes after the skin pricks, your doctor will observe your skin for signs of allergic reactions. 

2. Rast Testing: The RAST test is a blood test that can measure your immune system's response to specific allergens. The test measures the level of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in your blood. The test is often used in cases of individuals who cannot tolerate skin prick tests because of eczema, extreme sensitivity, or the need to continue taking antihistamines. 

3. Intradermal Testing: The intradermal test is another method of skin testing to help determine whether a person is allergic to a specific allergen. The procedure involves injecting a small amount of the allergen solution into the skin. The test is usually performed when a substance does not cause an allergic reaction in the SPT but it's still suspected as an allergen for that individual.

4. Oral Food Challenge: An Oral Food Challenge (OFC) is a procedure in which a food is eaten in increasing amounts diagnose or rule out the presence of an allergy. OFCs are usually done when a medical history and allergy tests, such as blood and skin tests, are inconclusive.

5. Drug Challenge Test: In a Drug Challenge Test (DCT), the individual is administered a drug to see if it causes a reaction. The drug is administered orally, injected or inhaled. The person is administered low doses of the medication, which are gradually increased until a normal dose is given. You should only have a drug challenge if it is important to know whether a specific drug is safe.

If you need allergy tests, why wait? we can help you today! Call Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic at (803) 536-5511 right now to schedule an appointment for allergy testing in Orangeburg, SC. Call (843)549-1720 to schedule an appointment in Walterboro South, SC. We want you to live your best life!

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
June 08, 2018
Category: Service
Tags: Allergist  

Allergies don’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do. Get them under control now!allergies

From visiting a friend’s house that is overrun with pets to just trying to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a pollen-heavy day, there are so many reasons why your allergy symptoms might be acting up. Call your ENT doctor in Orangeburg, SC, can tell you some of the most common allergy symptoms and what you can do to make life with allergies a bit easier on yourself.

Pinpoint Your Triggers

The next time your allergies flare up, make note of what’s around you or what activities you were doing (e.g. vacuuming; gardening). Write down any patterns you notice and discuss them with your otolaryngologist to figure out what could be to blame for your allergies. Knowing what triggers your symptoms will help you avoid them altogether.

Make Changes to Your Home

It’s always a great idea to chat with your ear, nose and throat doctor about how to reduce your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your own home. After all, your home should be a comfortable abode, not an allergy-riddled lair. If Fido has you sneezing, make sure he gets weekly baths and designate certain rooms as being pet-free (particularly bedrooms). Choose a HEPA-filter air conditioner that will filter out pollen and other outdoor allergens. Keep windows closed, particularly on windy days and make sure to keep all surfaces and furniture dusted and clean.

Consider Your Treatment Options

While you can certainly make a lot of lifestyle changes to improve your allergy symptoms, in most cases you may also require medication to help keep your allergies under control. You may find the proper relief through over-the-counter nasal sprays and other medications, while those with more moderate or serious allergy symptoms will want to turn to their ENT doctor to find out what prescription medication could control your allergies (or whether allergy shots are the best option).

Whether you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms or you want to find out what medication is right for you, give your ENT specialist a call today if your allergies are becoming difficult to tackle on your own. Finding the right allergy relief is just a phone call away.





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