When your nasal allergies have been accurately identified through allergy testing, control of symptoms can be achieved in a variety of ways. The physicians of the Allergy Center of Decatur ENT will partner with you to discuss treatment options and create a plan to achieve relief from your allergy symptoms.
Avoiding Airborne Allergens
Avoiding Airborne Allergens
Avoiding exposure to your identified triggers such as dog and cat dander, dust mite, mold, and pollen allergies help to control your allergy symptoms. Other irritants and pollutants including cigarette or wood smoke, car exhaust, aerosol sprays, and perfume can worsen symptoms. Our team will work with you to adjust your environment to avoid allergens and cross-reactions from other irritants, pollutants, and foods.
The experts at the Allergy Center of Decatur ENT can work with you to recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medications or prescribe other medications specific to your allergy symptoms. Allergy medications may include pills, gels, or nasal sprays of antihistamines, steroids, saline, and other medications that can relive nasal congestion and sinus symptoms caused by nasal allergies.
If medications don't relieve nasal allergy symptoms, our doctors may recommend immunotherapy including allergy shots or sublingual (under the tongue) medication.
- Allergy Shots
- Allergy shots are injections of solutions containing tiny amounts of identified allergens based on the results of your allergy test. The amount of allergen in the solution is increased slightly with each shots to boost tolerance and reduce symptoms. With regular therapy, allergy shots can make your body less sensitive to allergens.
- Home Immunotherapy
- The majority of Allergy Center patients opt for home-based immunotherapy (allergy shots) administered according to American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) guidelines. With careful patient selection and training of AAOA procedures and safety precautions, home-based immunotherapy is a safe and effective allergy treatment. If home allergy shots are a viable treatment option, at least one other designated person will complete home immunotherapy training.
- Sublinguil Immunotherapy
- Sublingual immunotherapy is an alternate treatment for chronic allergy treatment that does not require injections. A small amount of identified allergens are included in a dissolving tablet and place under the tongue. This treatment is designed to increase tolerance and reduce sensitivity of identified allergens.
In some cases, surgery may need to accompany allergy treatment to remove underlying problems such as polyps or other blockages in the nasal passages that worsen allergy symptoms. Correcting these issues with surgery does not cure allergies but can help relieve sinus pressure, pain, and headaches.
Our convenient, ongoing allergy care includes:
- Frequent follow up to monitor progress
- Broad range of treatment options
- No long waiting list for ongoing care such as allergy shots
- Most insurance plans accepted
If you are ready to experience relief for your chronic allergy symptoms, our team is committed to compassionate, comprehensive ongoing care.