8 FAQs About Allergies from Our Valdese ENT Physician

8 FAQs About Allergies from Our Valdese ENT Physician

An estimated 20% of the population is likely to develop some type of allergy. When a person comes in contact with an offending allergen, his body’s immune system immediately starts to react.

Dr. Jones has obtained Fellowship status from the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy by fulfilling several requirements. Some of these requirements include successfully passing written and oral exams, participating in extensive continuing medical education hours, and conducting clinical practice.

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Here are some of the most frequently asked allergy questions and the answers:

Q: What are some symptoms of allergies?
A: Some allergy symptoms are sneezing, watery / itchy eyes, itchy throat, congestion, runny nose, rashes, hives, migraines, recurrent sinus and ear infections.

Q: What are the most common allergies?
A: Trees, grasses, weeds, animal hair and dander, dust mites, molds, foods, chemicals, dyes / cosmetics.

Q: Are allergies inherited?
A: Yes, if one parent has allergic rhinitis, then a child has a 30-40% chance of developing allergic rhinitis, and if both parents have allergic rhinitis, then the child has a 70-80% chance of developing allergic rhinitis.

Q: Are asthma and allergies related?
A: Yes, and are more severe in younger children. Certain activities can trigger attacks such as exercise, temperature changes, stress, foods and the presence of animals.

Q: What are some symptoms of food allergies other than hives?
A: There are many symptoms of food allergies with a few being migraines, chronic cough and clearing of the tongue or throat, fever blisters, mouth ulcers, eczema, and itching of eyes.

Q: How do you develop food allergies?
A: Food allergies are most likely to develop in the foods that are eaten daily such as corn, egg, milk, soybean, wheat and yeast, which are known as the hidden foods. These 6 foods are in most items we consume or come in contact with daily and don’t realize it.

Q: How are allergies tested?
A: In our office, we mainly do SET (Skin Endpoint Titration), RAST (Blood Drawn), and /or Multiprick.

Q: How are allergies treated?
A: The treatments for inhalent and food allergies are immunotherapy (allergy shots) or elimination – rotation diets.
A: Medical treatment with decongestants and antihistamines. The newer antihistamines have resulted in causing markedly less sedation. Also, treatment with nasal sprays containing steroids which can be used safely long term.