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Allergies are abnormal responses of the immune system against typically harmless substances known as allergens. The individual’s body responds to these allergens and ultimately produce common allergy symptoms like rashes, runny or stuffy nose, swelling, and/or sneezing. The most common allergy type we treat here at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery in our Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, and Camarillo, CA, locations is allergic rhinitis. Find out more about it below.
What Exactly is Allergic Rhinitis?
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis stem from irritation and inflammation of the nose due to contact with allergens and other irritants, such as the following:
- Pollutants and chemicals in the air
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Strong smells or fumes
- Changes in the weather and temperature
- A respiratory tract infection
When an allergic individual breathes in these allergens and irritants, they enter the nose and your body reacts by releasing histamine. This chemical then causes allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Treating Allergic Rhinitis
Essentially, you should avoid exposing yourself to your specific allergy triggers. To ease mild symptoms, you can turn to saline rinses or sprays and OTC antihistamine and allergy medications. If these fail to properly manage your allergy symptoms, you should seek help from your ENT doctor in our Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, or Camarillo, CA, office for more potent allergy treatments.
These treatments could include more potent antihistamines and oral decongestants as well as antileukotrienes. Your prescribed medications need to be taken as directed to ensure effectiveness and avoid adverse effects. If these still fail to work, your ENT doctor might recommend immunotherapy or allergy shots. When determining the medications that will best suit your case, the following factors will be considered:
- Your specific symptoms
- The intensity or severity of your symptoms
- Medications you’ve used or are currently taking
- Possible side effects
- Will you need to take the medication intermittently or daily?
Managing allergic rhinitis, or any kind of allergy could be challenging. It might seem like a daunting task to manage a treatment plan and avoid your specific triggers. However, by having a communicative and collaborative relationship with your ENT doctor, you could develop and follow a sustainable treatment plan.
For Allergy Relief, We Can Help
Book a visit here at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery by calling our Thousand Oaks, CA, office at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley, CA, office at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard, CA, office at (805) 983-0395, or Camarillo, CA, office at (805) 484-5929.
Have you been sneezing and coughing for weeks? Your persistent cold might actually be caused by an allergy. Luckily, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks, CA, offer treatments that can ease your symptoms.
But I've never had allergies before!
Allergies can occur at any time in your life. No one is sure exactly why allergies develop when they do, but the unpleasant symptoms can affect you whether you're 10 or 45.
Allergies occur when your body overreacts to a normally harmless substance like pollen or pet dander. Your body releases antibodies that begin to attack and destroy the substance. Unfortunately, this response tends to cause sneezing, watery eyes, hives, nasal congestion/runny nose, or gastrointestinal symptoms if you're allergic to a food.
How can I tell what's causing my allergy?
If your Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks ENT suspects that you have allergies, they may recommend allergy testing to determine which allergens trigger your symptoms. Common allergens include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect stings
What can I do about my allergies?
Your ENT can offer treatments that prevent allergy symptoms from occurring when you're exposed to allergens. Depending on the type and severity of your allergies, you may benefit from prescription antihistamines, decongestants, nasal corticosteroid sprays, oral corticosteroids, allergy shots, or epinephrine auto-injectors.
Making a few changes to your home may also be helpful in reducing allergy flare-ups. If you're affected by seasonal allergies, you may want to buy an air purifier and avoid opening the windows or using fans during allergy season. Air-conditioners are much better for you than fans, given that they filter out allergens.
Vacuuming or mopping floors regularly and removing carpeting can also reduce allergens. Do you have a pet? Although you may not be outright allergic to your furry friend, they can still carry allergens inside after spending time outdoors. Washing your dog often not only decreases dander but also removes allergens.
If you have food allergies, it's also important to remove any foods that trigger your symptoms.
Need relief? Give us a call!
If you think you may have an allergy, schedule an appointment with the ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat by calling (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo, CA, office, (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office or (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office.
How Allergies Affect your Ears, Nose, and Throat
An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances. Allergy symptoms can make miserable and put you at risk for life-threatening reactions. An Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor can help you manage your allergies. West Coast ENT, which has offices in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, offers treatments for allergies. Read on to find out how allergies can affect your ears, nose, and throat.
Allergies and the Ears- Most people know that allergies can cause sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Some people don’t realize that the ears can be affected by allergies, too. A stuffy nose and sinus pressure may radiate to your ears, causing pressure or earaches. Allergies can also impact hearing. Some people experience short-term hearing loss due to an allergic reaction.
Allergies and the Nose- A stuffy or runny nose can be a symptom of allergies. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a term used to describe allergic reactions in the nose. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, as well as itching in your nose, eyes, or the roof of your mouth. ENT doctors specialize in nasal allergy treatments.
Allergies and the Throat- Allergies can also cause a sore throat. Postnasal drip can cause an allergy-induced sore throat. It occurs when you're exposed to the allergen and congestion in the sinuses drains down the throat. This causes tickling or soreness. Seasonal allergies can also make it difficult to swallow. This inflammation can lead to narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing.
Treatments for Allergies- There are several types of allergy medications available to treat and ease your allergy symptoms. These allergy medications include steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, combination drugs, and others. In severe cases, your ENT doctor may recommend immunotherapy, also called allergy shots. They can help desensitize your immune system to allergens.
If you want to experience powerful, 24-hour allergy relief, call West Coast ENT at 805-379-9646 today to schedule an appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA. Call 805-527-7320 to schedule an appointment in Simi Valley, CA. Call 805-983-0395 to schedule an appointment in Ventura County, CA. Call 805-484-5929 to schedule an appointment in Camarillo, CA. We want you to live your best life!
Your daughter feels nauseated and exhausted after eating lunch. You notice that her lips seem bit puffy. It has happened before, but this episode seems worse. What's going on? At West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, your board-certified otolaryngologist can examine your child for allergies. The body's hypersensitive reaction to food eaten, substances touched or things inhaled, your child's allergy can be identified and controlled.
Why do allergies happen?
Our bodies have immune systems which guard us against illnesses such as colds, flu, skin infections and a whole host of problems. Unfortunately, the immune system sometimes can be overactive, attacking substances which, to other people, are perfectly harmless.
When an allergic substance, or allergen, contacts a sensitive adult or child, that person reacts with a substantial flurry of natural antibodies which release histamines. Histamines produce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms in wide-ranging severity, including:
- Stomach upset
- Facial swelling
- A cough
- Runny, itchy eyes and nose
- Nasal congestion
- Difficulty breathing
What triggers allergies?
Many children and adults suffer from allergies in various forms. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 24 million Americans suffer from noticeable allergies, and six million of that number are children.
What triggers an allergic response? Allergens can be somewhat mysterious in origin and even harder to pinpoint. For sure, the immune system plays a significant role, along with environment, heredity and even stress.
The most common groups of triggers include:
- Pet dander
- Insects (cockroaches, bees)
- Plant mold
- Food dyes and additives
- Certain fabrics
- Perfumes and scents added to soaps and cosmetics
- Some medications
Tracking down triggers and treating children's allergies in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA takes due diligence on the part of parents and your friends at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat. When you consult one of our physicians, be specific about your child's symptoms and when they occur. The doctor may advise some of the following to test for allergies:
- A food diary and elimination and challenge test Done at home, this careful strategy lists everything a child eats and then eliminates and re-introduces suspected allergens.
- RAST test This blood work analysis reveals antibodies which form in response to allergens.
- Skin allergy, or scratch, test It introduces small amounts of allergens under the skin. The doctor "reads" the body's reaction to the triggers.
- Sublingual testing This common evaluation introduces a small amount of allergen under the tongue.
Common sense says to avoid your child's known triggers. Additionally, she may benefit from sublingual medications, allergy shots and over the counter and prescription medications to alleviate symptoms. Your ENT doctor will devise an allergy care plan to help you and your child deal with allergies on a daily basis.
Find out more
As her parent, you know your daughter best. If you suspect she has allergies, please contact West Coast Ear, Nose in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA and throat for a consultation. Call today: (805) 379-9646.
Don’t let your allergies win. Fight back with more effective methods.
Whether you are someone who deals with seasonal allergies or you are allergic to your friend’s cat, there are many elements in the environment that can lead our body to reaction in strange ways. If one of our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors has diagnosed you with allergies find out the best ways to tackle them for the long term.
While some allergies can be controlled with simple over-the-counter medications and by avoiding the allergen as much as possible, our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks otolaryngologists know that it isn’t always that simple. Those dealing with moderate-to-severe allergies need better treatment options.
Of course, it’s important to know what triggers your symptoms. While it is easy for some people to tell it isn’t always that obvious for others. By coming into our office we can perform an allergy skin test to pinpoint your allergies.
One way to reduce the frequency or severity of your allergy symptoms is to find the right medication based on the symptoms you experience. Prescription-strength antihistamines, decongestants or even steroids (in more severe cases) are the most common allergy medications offered.
Sometimes allergy shots are recommended if you deal with serious symptoms that hinder your day-to-day life. For example, if you are allergic to pet dander, but your family can’t imagine living without their furry sidekick, then allergic shots may be the best method for reducing your pet dander symptoms over time.
Besides medications, which are designed to control your symptoms but won’t actually cure your allergies, there are also lifestyle modifications you can make to reduce contact with the allergen:
- Make sure that your bedroom is a pet-free zone.
- Wash all surfaces of the home, and vacuum and clean all carpets, furniture and bedding regularly.
- Depending on the cause of your allergies, it’s a good idea to wear a mask over your nose and mouth while gardening, mowing the lawn or even dusting and cleaning your home.
- If you have outdoor or seasonal allergies keep windows closed on days when pollen or mold counts are high. Avoid spending a lot of time outdoors if it’s windy.
Have questions about treating your allergies? Not finding these options as effective as you had hoped? West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is here to the rescue. With four convenient locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, we make it easier to get the allergy treatment you need.