How Allergies Affect your Ears, Nose and Throat
By Augusta Ear Nose and Throat
June 07, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Allergies can affect your ears, nose, and throat in several ways. They can cause a variety of symptoms, including a stuffy or a runny nose, allergiesitchy throat, and itchy ears. Allergy symptoms can leave you feeling uncomfortable and fatigued. Whether your allergies are seasonal or due to mold, hay fever, pollen, dust, pet dander, or specific foods, there are treatments for alleviating your symptoms. The otolaryngologists at Augusta ENT treat allergies in Augusta, GAEvans, GA, and Aiken, SC.

Allergy Symptoms

People who struggle with allergies often experience irritation of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Symptoms commonly associated with allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Itchy Ears
  • Fatigue

Allergy Treatments

There are several different options for treating allergies in Augusta, Evans, and Aiken. Popular allergy treatments include medications, allergy shots, and sublingual drops. Allergy shots and sublingual drops are both forms of immunotherapy that help the body build up a tolerance to a specific allergen over time. Eventually, after developing immunity to the allergen, it will no longer cause an allergic reaction. An otolaryngologist can diagnose the cause of your allergies and recommend the best course of treatment for you.

Treatment with allergy shots involves injections of small doses of the allergen. To build up immunity to the allergen, injections are repeated regularly until you have developed tolerance to the source of your allergy. Allergy shots continue to be effective long after treatment has stopped. In addition to building immunity and preventing symptoms associated with a specific allergen, allergy shots can also help prevent new allergies from developing. Allergy shots are a highly effective form of immunotherapy.

Sublingual drops are an effective immunotherapy alternative for patients who are uncomfortable with needles and prefer to avoid allergy shots. Rather than being administered via injection, several drops of the allergen extract are placed under the tongue instead. The drops are held under the tongue for one to two minutes each day. This process is repeated daily or several times per week over the course of three to five years. Over time, the body builds up immunity to the allergen and the drops will no longer be needed.

Sublingual allergy drops are available for patients of any age. They are are a good option for infants and children, in particular, who often experience anxiety over needles and injections. The drops are also beneficial for individuals with allergies to mold or specific foods, as well as individuals with asthma or multiple allergies.

Allergies cause discomfort by irritating the ears, nose, and throat. For treatment of allergies in Augusta, GA, Evans, GA, or Aiken, SC, schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist at Augusta ENT.