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By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
July 09, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: ENT Doctor   Allergies  

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.

Treatment

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.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
May 08, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

Are your allergies bothering you? With spring in full bloom, it's hard to avoid allergens. Fortunately, making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your allergist, Dr. John Ansley of Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Walterboro and Orangeburg, SC, can help you manage your allergy symptoms.

Pay Attention to Pollen Counts

Sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and other symptoms may be related to the rising grass and tree pollen levels in your area. You can find information on current allergen levels on Weather.com, pollen.aaaai.org, and other websites.

If allergen levels are high, these steps may improve your comfort:

  • Stay Inside: Avoid spending long periods of time outdoors when pollen and other allergen levels are high.
  • Change Your Clothing: Keep allergens out of your home by changing your clothing as soon as you return home after being outside. Wash the clothing in hot water to remove allergens, and take a shower to remove pollen from your body and hair.
  • Wash Your Dog: Allergens can hitchhike on your pet's fur. Bathing your pet reduces the allergen spread in your house, as does wiping your pet's fur with a wet washcloth after it's been outside.
  • Put on a Mask: If you must spend time outside, wearing a mask can reduce your exposure to allergens.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Although airing out your home may seem like a good idea on a nice day, opening your windows only spreads allergens throughout your home. Keep your windows closed to avoid exposure to allergens.

Even if you keep your windows closed, allergens still enter your home every time you open your door. Fortunately, air-conditioners and HEPA filters can improve your home's air quality. The appliances filter allergens, helping you manage your allergy symptoms.

Take Your Medicine

If you don't use allergy medicine year-round, begin taking it at the very beginning of allergy season in the spring. Since many allergens aren't visible, they may be present in the air sooner than you may think.

Visit Your Allergist

If you're still sneezing, pay a visit to your Walterboro and Orangeburg allergist. Allergy testing offered by your doctor pinpoints your personal allergy triggers, making it easier to avoid specific allergens. Your allergist can also offer allergy shots or prescription medications that may work more effectively at controlling your allergies.

Don't let allergies keep you from enjoying life! Call your allergist in Walterboro and Orangeburg, SC, Dr. Ansley of Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic if over-the-counter allergy products aren't controlling your symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling (803) 536-5511 for the Orangeburg office or (843) 549-1720 for the Walterboro office.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
March 10, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis   Sinus   Allergies   Blockages   Deviated Septum  

Find out what might be causing your sinus issues and when to see a doctor.

From headaches and facial pressure to blocked nasal passages, dealing with sinus problems is no fun. No matter whether these are symptoms that come and go throughout the year or issues that you face regularly, you want to find out what’s going on so that you can best address the problem. Fortunately, here at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, SC, your allergist, Dr. John Ansley, can provide you with the answers that you’re looking for.

The most common causes of sinus issues include:

Allergies

If you’ve been told that you suffer from allergies, you are certainly no stranger to a runny nose, sinus pressure, and breathing problems. Common allergens include dust, pollen, and pet dander, each one leaving patients you with nasal inflammation. Since allergies and sinusitis produce similar symptoms it can be challenging to figure out what’s actually going on, but our Orangeburg, SC, allergist and ENT doctor can provide you with the answers you’re looking for.

Blockages

Nasal passages need to be able to drain properly; however, if there is inflammation within the sinuses this can prevent mucus from draining. As a result, mucus gets trapped inside the sinuses. This can lead to intense facial pain and pressure, as well as problems breathing. If you suspect that you may be dealing with a partial or full nasal blockage it’s important that you see your otolaryngologist right away.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, will happen to most people at least once during their lifetime. Fortunately, a sinus infection will usually run its course and clear up on its own (you can nurse symptoms with over-the-counter medication and home care in the meantime); however, if you’ve been dealing with symptoms of sinusitis for more than a 2-3 weeks without relief or if your symptoms are getting worse despite treating your symptoms, then it’s important that you see an ENT doctor.

Deviated Septum

The wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two nasal passages is known as a septum. Sometimes this wall doesn’t develop perfectly straight, and this curving or leaning of the septum can end up making one nasal passage smaller than the other. In more serious cases, a deviated septum could even cause mucus buildup in the smaller or partially blocked nasal cavity. Most people don’t even realize they have a deviated septum until they visit their doctor about recurring or persistent sinus problems.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are having trouble getting your sinus problems under control, the ENT team at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, SC, is here to help. Call one of our offices today at (803) 536-5511 or (803) 549-1720 to schedule an evaluation.