How your ENT specialists in Springfield, MA, can help you get relief from seasonal allergies
Seasonal allergy symptoms can make you miserable. You may not even want to go outside because of how uncomfortable plants, trees, flowers, and grasses can make you feel. The good news is, your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you breathe better and feel better during allergy season.
The ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons Of Western New England offer a wide range of ENT services, including allergy testing and treatment. They have three convenient office locations in Springfield and Northampton, MA, to help you get relief from seasonal allergy symptoms.
When you have seasonal allergies, exposure to grass, tree, flower, or plant pollens can make you sick. You can have symptoms that are mild to moderate to severe.
These are just a few of the symptoms you may experience:
- A runny nose or nasal congestion
- Sneezing or coughing
- Sinus pressure or headaches
- Itchy, watery, irritated eyes
- Inflamed or infected ears
You may also have a severe reaction such as difficulty breathing. Breathing difficulties should be treated as a medical emergency, and you should seek out medical care immediately.
Seasonal allergies can occur during spring or summer or both, because you may be allergic to different pollens which are in the air at different times of the year.
To begin your allergy treatment, your ENT specialist will perform allergy testing to find out which pollens you are allergic to. Skin tests are the most common type of test. During a skin test, a tiny amount of material from different pollens is injected just under your skin. If redness or swelling occurs at the injection site, you are allergic to that substance.
Allergy treatment can include allergy injections, medications, or sublingual immunotherapy. Your ENT specialist will discuss which option is best for you.
For more information about testing and treatment for seasonal allergies, talk with the ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons Of Western New England. You can reach them in Springfield, MA, at (413) 732-7426, or in Northampton, MA, at (413) 586-2033. Call now!