The ENT Center of Central Georgia has seven board-certified physicians who are fully capable of handling any allergy issue from children to geriatrics. Our physicians use a conservative approach to treating allergies, beginning with medical treatment by way of medications based on the patient’s history and medical examination. Should medication not fully treat your allergies our physicians will prescribe an allergy test.
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is a condition where our immune system reacts to an external substance. The substance that causes the body to have a reaction is called an allergen. Our bodies can have an allergic reaction to allergens that are eaten, touched, or inhaled. Allergies affect approximately 1 in 4 individuals.
Common Symptoms for Ear, Nose, and Throat allergies
- Repeated sneezing
- Nasal itching and rubbing
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Frequent throat clearing
- Mouth breathing
- Diminished/lost sense of smell/taste
- Recurrent and unexplained nosebleeds
- Recurrent ear infections
- Recurrent sinus infections
- Fluctuating hearing loss
- Cold-like symptoms for more than 10 days
- Symptoms recur same time each year
- Chronic fatigue
Allergy testing is comprised of 1 visit lasting 1 to 3 hours. Approximately 32 skin pricks are administered to both the upper and lower arm. Controls are applied to ensure proper reactions are measurable. The measured responses then determine the individual’s specific allergies and allergen levels. The physician then decides whether therapy is necessary.
Allergy Therapies Offered at The ENT Center of Central Georgia
- Shots of the allergen are administered every 5-11 days in office.
- The shots are administered at this rate until maximum strength is reached, which occurs at approximately 1 year.
- The patient then returns to the office every 1-4 weeks for maintenance shots depending on the patient’s reactivity.
- Allergy shots are generally covered by insurance.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
- SLIT is an alternative way to treat and manage allergies without injections.
- The patient self-administers doses of the allergen under the tongue (sublingual) to increase the patient’s tolerance to the allergen and reduce symptoms.
- The allergen extract is provided to the patient in droplet form. The patient then keeps the droplet under their tongue for 1-2 minutes and then swallows it. This process is repeated based on the patient’s reactivity and recommendations from our physicians.
- SLIT is continued for approximately 3 years to develop a lasting immunity.
- SLIT is not covered by insurance.