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Allergy Specialist

ENT Specialists of Alaska

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Anchorage, AK & Wasilla, AK

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans each year. If you live with the frequent or even constant aggravation of allergy symptoms, ENT Specialists of Alaska is ready to help. They have offices offices in Wasilla and Eagle River, Alaska, and several partner clinics, including Geneva Woods Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, in Anchorage, Alaska. Reach out to the one nearest you by phone, or click on the online appointment scheduler.

Allergy Q&A

What symptoms do ear, nose, and throat (ENT) allergies cause?

Ear, nose, and throat allergies can cause a variety of mild to moderate symptoms. Common symptoms of ENT allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Chronic headaches
  • Sore or painful throat
  • Sore, painful, or itchy ears
  • Throat scratchiness

In rare cases, an ENT allergy can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that blocks your airways.

What causes ENT allergies?

ENT allergies happen when your immune system misinterprets a normally harmless substance as a threat to your body. The immune system reacts to the perceived threat by producing antibodies, including chemicals like histamine. 

The histamine floods your body and causes an allergic response. Usually, the allergic response isn’t instantaneous but occurs after you reach a certain exposure level. 

What are the most common ENT allergies?

Some of the most common allergens affecting the ears, nose, and throat are:

  • Pollen from trees, weeds, grass, or flowers
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches

Allergies are often hereditary. Children are more prone to developing allergies than adults, but allergies can occur at any age. 

How do you treat ENT allergies?

At ENT Specialists of Alaska, the skilled providers may prescribe antihistamines to block histamine production and reduce your symptoms. 

If you’re struggling with stuffy nasal passages, breathing difficulties, or both because of allergies, your doctor may prescribe a decongestant medication to ease those issues. 

For persistent and severe allergy symptoms, your doctor may recommend immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots. Allergy shots work by slowly adding tiny amounts of the allergen to your body. This builds tolerance and eventually reduces or even stops your allergic reactions. 

Your doctor may also offer specific advice to help you minimize allergic reactions. This may include new or improved techniques to clean your home, as well as tips on how to avoid your allergy triggers, if possible.

ENT Specialists of Alaska doctors create customized allergy treatment plans for all. With their in-depth knowledge of how allergies affect your ears, nose, and throat, they’re the best possible providers to help you find long-term relief from miserable allergic symptoms. 

Feeling the awful effects of allergies? Call the experts at ENT Specialists of Alaska, or click on the appointment scheduler for help today. 

For more information, call us toll-free at 1-844-436-1368