Allergy

Are Your Allergies Getting You Down?

There are many great reasons to live in Central Texas, but unfortunately, allergies are not one of them! We live in a climate where there is almost always something blooming or growing that triggers allergy symptoms.

Besides taking simple precautions to avoid airborne allergens, there are many good medications that can help alleviate the symptoms of allergy. Most of these medicines are available over the counter.

Nasal steroid sprays like Flonase and Nasacort are probably the best option at treating and preventing allergy symptoms. These sprays are meant to be used on a consistent basis every day to prevent symptoms from starting.

Another good over the counter option for less frequent allergy symptoms are antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra. These medicines can be used on an as-needed basis and do not necessarily work best when taken every day (though they can be taken daily as well).

For bad allergy symptoms that do not improve sufficiently with medications, allergy testing and treatment (allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops) can be an excellent way to control the underlying allergies.

Allergy testing services are available every Thursday in Kyle through our sister company, Texan Allergy. Please see their website at texanallergy.com for more details. Anyone who wants allergy testing but does not want ENT evaluation should contact Texan Allergy directly to schedule an appointment. Texan Allergy also has full-time offices in South Austin, Central Austin, and San Antonio.

However, most people who suffer from bad nasal allergies also have significant underlying structural problems within their nose (like enlarged turbinates or a deviated septum), or they have co-existing issues such as chronic sinusitis.

Allergy testing and treatment work very well, but can sometimes take 6-12 months to start having a significant effect.

ENT evaluation by Dr. Evans and treatment of the underlying anatomic issues in the nose can have a much quicker effect and improvement. Most of these problems can be addressed with short in-office procedures like balloon sinuplasty or turbinate reduction. Generally, significant improvement is seen within 1 week after having these procedures.

Allergy treatment and ENT treatment are both helpful at improving nasal allergy and sinus symptoms, but each attacks the problem from a different angle. Most nasal allergy and sinusitis patients benefit from seeing both types of specialist: Allergist and ENT.
Please call 512-550-0321 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Seth Evans at Texan ENT Specialists for your nasal allergies. Or click the request an appointment button below.