Allergies and the ENT Practice
Did you know that allergies can be to blame for much more than just sneezing? They can be the culprit of many issues such as sore throats, sinus drainage, and even stomach problems. Here at Boulder Valley Ear, Nose & Throat we can provide you with the steps toward achieving allergy relief. By talking with our knowledgeable team of providers and having an allergy skin test, you can access a wealth of new allergy education and feel more confident in taking control of your allergies.
Step 1: Come in for a consultation and allergy testing. With a thorough history, exam, and allergy test, our team can help you determine what you are allergic to and what treatment will best control your symptoms. We accept patients as young as 5 years old and offer both blood and skin testing.
Step 2: Consider allergy treatment. We offer sublingual immunotherapy or allergy drops as they are commonly known. This treatment can be done in the comfort of your home and offers permanent results. Sublingual immunotherapy causes the immune system to produce antibodies which will allow a person to tolerate his/her exposure to allergens. Overtime, patients on this treatment experience an improvement in their allergic symptoms and require less use of their allergy medications.
Step 3: Check pollen counts. Once you know what you are allergic to, it is a great idea to check pollen count forecasts. Pollen counts directly affect symptoms depending on the season and what is pollenating. Pollen.com is a great resource to check forecasts and also learn about the pollens in your area.
Step 4: Keep windows closed during pollen season. Nothing is better at the end of a hot summer day than a cool breeze coming through the windows at night, unless you are an allergy sufferer. Keeping windows closed and running the air conditioner during pollen season can greatly reduce your exposure to pollens inside your home and in your car.
Step 5: Purchase a HEPA air purifier. Air purifiers are extremely effective in removing pollen, dander, dust, mold spores, and other allergens from the air you breathe. Running a free standing unit in the main rooms of your house or in your office at work will help you to maintain cleaner air in those areas.
Step 6: “Sorry Fido, off the bed.” We spend an average of 7-8 hours per day in bed sleeping. For those who are allergic to animals and who share the bedroom with their pets this can mean a lot of time spent inhaling allergens. Keeping pets out of the bedroom and the bedroom door shut will help to create a “safe zone” for allergic patients who would prefer to get rid of their doctors before their pets.