Do you dread the summer with its tree and grass pollen? Or, are indoor allergies your issue because of a pet, dust and mold? Either way, Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic can help. Dr. John Ansley is a highly skilled ENT doctor and allergist who helps numerous people in the Orangeburg, SC, area feel good no matter what the pollen count is.
What are allergies?
Allergies are the immune system's abnormal response to an environmental substance. It may be something you eat, touch or inhale, or you may be allergic to a bee sting or spider bite.
Most allergies are annoying nuisances, producing symptoms such as rashes, itching, coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, scratchy throat, hoarseness, wheezing, ear fullness, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and more. However, other allergic reactions are more severe--asthma as an example. Anaphylactic reactions, which cause breathing problems, loss of consciousness and even death, are very severe and require constant monitoring, emergency medication and constant monitoring.
How your allergist can help
In his Orangeburg, SC, ENT office, Dr. Ansley evaluates many patients who complain of allergy symptoms. He may order prick tests that involve injections of small amounts of suspected allergens under the skin. Another option is a challenge test in which the patient ingests an allergen, such as fish or peanuts, and the doctor monitors the reaction. Finally, Dr. Ansley may order blood work, an accurate way to pinpoint what your sensitivities are.
Additionally, Dr. Ansley will review your symptoms. So, tell him what bothers you, how much and when. As an otolaryngologist, he wants to rule out any chronic conditions or acute problems, such as sinusitis, of the ears, nose and throat.
Identifying and limiting your exposure to your allergic triggers will help you feel better and need less medication. However, medication is key for many allergy patients. Medications may include nasal sprays, oral medications, sublingual therapy and allergy shots that expose you to a small amount of your allergens. This immunotherapy helps your body grow accustomed to your trigger and lessens symptoms.
Manage those allergies
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American reports that about 50 million Americans have some kind of allergies. So, don't feel odd or alone.
Learn to manage those allergies with the help of allergist, Dr. John Ansley, and your friends at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg, SC. For a helpful consultation, call us at our Orangeburg office at (803) 536-5511, or for Walterboro South, phone (843) 549-1720.