Allergy Testing and Treatment in Valdese, North Carolina

Lisa Certified Allergy Technician at Ear Sinus Allergy

If you believe that you are suffering from allergies, our ENT physician is able to help right away. By taking advantage of allergy testing procedures, our Ear, Nose and Throat doctor will be able to pinpoint your exact allergies and come up with the best treatment process for you.

Dr. Jones can use different methods that will not only diagnose the allergy, but will also take control of the allergies to quickly help relieve any discomfort.

What to Know About Allergies

While many may think that allergies only refer to itchy eyes, a runny nose, or nasal congestion, there are actually many other types of allergies out there. Various allergies may cause sinus problems that come back regularly. What you thought was a common everyday headache may actually be something different that can be prevented.

Some allergy symptoms include head congestion, frequent colds, asthma, coughing, dizziness, stomach problems, rashes and fatigue. Allergy symptoms can range from moderate to severe and should be treated immediately. If you have been suffering from any of these symptoms frequently or for long periods of time, our ENT physician should be seen to help you in finding out what the problem is and advise you on the best allergy treatments available.

What is Allergy Testing?

Allergy Skin Test and TreatmentAn allergy skin test is the most common way to test for allergies. This is also known as a prick test. The goal of the test is to determine which types of substances are triggering your allergy symptoms. First, an extract of the allergen is applied to your skin. The skin is then pricked lightly in order to allow exposure of the substance. The reaction is then monitored for a specified period of time to see what happens to the skin and if any symptoms are experienced. The reactions will be recorded and Dr. Jones will request a follow-up.

Types of Allergy Treatments

Dr. Jones, a trusted Ear, Nose and Throat physician, will be able to decide the best approach for your allergy treatments. He is also a Fellow of American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy requiring a certification process.

  • The first and most basic step is to avoid the allergen that triggers your symptoms as best as you can. Some allergens such as dust and pollen may be more difficult to avoid throughout the seasons.
  • The next treatment option is known as Pharmacotherapy. This is when Dr. Jones prescribes medicine that may be able to control your allergy symptoms. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants are some types of medicines that may work for you.
  • Sublingual Immunotherapy may be an alternative for those who cannot come in for injections or get their injections at home.
  • When medications do not appear to help your allergies, Immunotherapy treatment may be necessary. Our ENT can change the body’s response to allergens by giving them regular injections of the allergens in order to challenge their immune system. Over a period of time, the allergic reactions may be altered and even reversed. It may also simply improve the symptoms and decrease your need for additional medications.

Contact our ENT office today if you are currently experiencing any allergy symptoms. With the right testing and treatments from a qualified professional, you may not need to experience your inconvenient symptoms anymore.