If you suffer from allergies, you are not alone. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of people suffer from allergies, making it one of the more common chronic illnesses. Billions of health care dollars are spent each year diagnosing and treating allergies.
Allergy is a condition, oftentimes inherited, which causes a person's immune system to overreact to an otherwise harmless substance in the environment. Common allergy triggers include:
- Animal dander (especially cat dander)
- Dust mites
- Tree pollen
- Grass pollen
These triggers cause a complex series of chemical reactions in body leading to the common symptoms of allergy:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
Otolaryngic Allergy Specialist
An Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Allergist is a specialist who can diagnose and treat allergies that affect the ear, nose, throat and sinuses. The overall specialty of ear, nose and throat is called Otolaryngology, and the subspecialty of allergy in Otolaryngology often is referred to as Otolaryngic Allergy. An Otolaryngic Allergist has received special training in diagnosing and treating allergic diseases of the upper respiratory tract including the ear, nose, throat and sinuses. Because an Otolaryngic Allergist also is an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, they are best suited to manage all aspects of an allergy patient's care, including surgery, when necessary. Examples of surgical problems often seen in allergy patients include deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis.