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By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
July 09, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergy   Seasonal Allergy  

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!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
November 20, 2020
Category: ENT Specialist
Tags: Allergy   Allergy Symptoms  

Is it time to see an allergy specialist about your symptoms?

If watery, itchy eyes, a cough, and a runny nose are becoming commonplace then you may just want to consider seeing our Springfield and Northampton, MA, otolaryngologists for your allergy symptoms. While most people can manage minor allergies with simple lifestyle changes and over-the-counter treatments, we know that sometimes this isn’t enough. Know when enough is enough.

You should schedule an appointment with our Springfield, MA, ENT doctors if:

You aren’t sure whether your symptoms are due to an allergy or the common cold

Indeed, the common cold and allergies can often mimic one another, so if you aren’t sure whether your sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion are due to a cold or simply allergies to pollen, dust, or dander, then it’s time to find out. An ENT specialist will be able to quickly determine whether you’re dealing with allergies.

Your symptoms are affecting your quality of life

We know just how miserable sinus infections, earaches, nasal congestion, and tension headaches can be. If you find yourself having trouble getting through the workday or if your allergy symptoms are affecting your sleep, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Springfield, MA, team. We can help you figure out your allergy triggers to find more sustainable ways to avoid them, as well as prescription medications that will provide more effective relief so you can get back to what matters.

Over-the-counter medications aren’t working

Not feeling better after a few days of at-home care? If so, this is definitely a sign that you are dealing with allergies and not just the common cold; however, if you also find that over-the-counter allergy meds just aren’t doing the trick, then this is another indicator that it’s time to talk with your otolaryngologist for more effective solutions.

Do allergy symptoms have you hiding indoors most of the year? Why not embrace the beautiful seasons of Springfield, MA? Let the team at Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England make that possible with proper allergy treatment. Call our Springfield or Northampton, MA, office at (413) 732-7426 or (413) 586-2033.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
March 06, 2020
Category: Procedures
Tags: Allergy   Symptoms  

Allergies affect many people. Common allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, hives, or shortness of breath, can cause discomfort and affect your quality of life. Fortunately, various methods are available for effectively treating allergies and controlling their symptoms. The doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA, can help you get your allergy symptoms under control.

Common Allergy Symptoms

Allergies are associated with a range of symptoms. The symptoms you experience often depend on what is causing the allergy. Examples of common allergens include dust, dander, mold, and pollen. Many people are also allergic to certain foods, such as peanuts, dairy products, wheat, or shellfish. Some medications can cause allergic reactions as well. Depending on the cause or type of allergy, symptoms can include:

  • Scratchy throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Swelling in the mouth, eyes, or face
  • Sneezing or runny nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Sinus congestion
  • Rashes or hives

Allergy Tests

If you have struggled with chronic allergy symptoms, visiting our offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA, for an allergy test is beneficial. Allergy tests help identify the specific allergens that are causing your symptoms so an effective treatment plan can be made. Different types of allergy tests are available, but many tests involve exposing the skin to specific allergens to observe whether or not a reaction occurs. A skin reaction, such as the development of a rash, is a sign that you are sensitive to that allergen and could benefit from treatment.

Treating Allergies

Several treatments are available that can help control uncomfortable allergy symptoms. One of the most effective treatment approaches is immunotherapy, which is administered by injection or as sublingual immunotherapy. Injections simply involve getting a shot, while sublingual immunotherapy involves placing drops under the tongue.

Both methods involve exposing a patient to small doses of a particular allergen, either by injection or under the tongue. Over time, repeated exposure to the allergen prompts the body to become resistant to it. As the body builds up a tolerance to the allergen, a patient becomes immune and will experience fewer allergy symptoms.

If you are struggling with allergy symptoms, we can help. Through a combination of allergy testing and immunotherapy, our doctors can develop a plan for controlling your symptoms. For help with your allergy symptoms, contact our Springfield office by calling Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England at (413) 732-7426. Appointments are also available at our Northampton location by calling (413) 586-2033 or at Mary Lane Hospital by calling 413-967-2249.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
March 24, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergy  

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans a year. Though they are very common, it may be difficult to pinpoint their actual root cause. Your ear, nose and throat doctor is an important factor in diagnosing your allergies and treating their symptoms. But what are allergy symptoms and Allergies how can your doctor help? Find out more with help from your Springfield, MA ENT.

What are some common allergy symptoms? 
Allergies come from various triggers which have different effects on different parts of your body. Some common allergies include:

  • Seasonal allergies: Seasonal allergies come from natural elements found outside, such as pollen, grass, certain weeds and trees. While seasonal allergies take place all year, some sufferers only suffer from them during certain seasons. Some symptoms of seasonal allergies are sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, cough, runny nose and congestion.
  • Pet allergies: Allergies to dogs or cats are almost as common as their presence in our homes. Pet dander comes from any animal with hair, but people are most often allergic to cats, dogs, rodents (mice, guinea pigs, etc.) or horses. People are not allergic to the animal itself, but the dander from its hair. Symptoms of pet allergies are similar to seasonal allergies and include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes and congestion.

How can my doctor help? 
Your Springfield doctor diagnoses your specific allergens with an allergy test. Once your allergy is diagnosed, the best way to avoid its symptoms is to avoid the allergen. Since that is not always possible, medications like antihistamines or seasonal allergy shots help relieve and even prevent symptoms. Another treatment eliminates the allergy altogether by training your immune system to respond differently. This is achieved by using immunotherapy which repeatedly exposes you to the allergen. Work with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for you.

For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, please contact your doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, MA. Call (413)732-7426 to speak with an associate about scheduling your allergy test today!