Allergy/Sinus

What are Allergies:

Allergies are immune system reactions that cause your body to produce histamines. Histamines are chemicals that your body makes when your having an allergic reaction. For example; sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, etc.

Allergy testing is done to help the doctor identify what you are allergic and are not allergic to. The test is safe and effective for adults and children. Testing can be done by blood draw, intradermal or challenge testing.

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If specific allergies are identified and can't be avoided or helped with medications, then immunotherapy may help. Immunotherapy involves injections of extracts that are causing the allergic reaction. Patients can be on immunotherapy anywhere 1 to 3 years.

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Allergy Testing

  • RAST (Radioallergosorbent test)
  • Intradermal

Immunotheraphy
A series of allergy shots or drops under the tongue that are given to build up the body's reponse to histamines.

Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a very common problem with a constellation of symptoms that can be difficult to sort out and treat successfully. In its simplest form, sinusitis presents as a viral upper respiratory infection that will typically clear on its own within 10 days using "symptomatic care". This can include saline washes to the nose, anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen, short term courses of decongestants like Afrin spray or Sudafed, and common sense measures like extra rest, hydration, and healthy diet. If a presumed viral infection fails to improve, or if a culture is obtained showing a bacterial infection, then a course of antibiotics can be very helpful to overcome the infection. Antibiotics kill bacteria, plain and simple. People do not become resistant to antibiotics, but sometimes the bacteria become resistant. Therefore, it is important to obtain cultures whenever possible to help direct the course of antibiotics, and it is very important for the patient to complete the entire course when prescribed. Oral steroid therapy can also be added to a course of antibiotics. Steroids have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, and often provide the added kick necessary to help eradicate a tough infection. Sometimes a sinus infection will simply fail to clear in spite of the best antibiotics and other medicinal measures. When this occurs, additional workup is needed. This includes endoscopic exam of the sinuses, and a sinus CT scan. Sometimes surgery is needed to open a chronically infected sinus and allow it to drain properly again. Surgery can be performed in a minimally invasive manner in the office under local anesthesia if there is not too much inflammatory disease present. For more impacted sinuses, general anesthesia and more aggressive surgery are often needed.

Diagnosing your condition
Testing (CT, Xray)
Treatment
Surgery

Aiken ENT
170 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: 803-649-0003
Fax: 803-649-0081
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