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Posts for: July, 2021

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
July 01, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy  

If allergy symptoms are impacting your daily routine, we can help!

Are you battling allergy symptoms? Finding over-the-counter solutions to be less than helpful in managing your stuffed up or runny nose, congestion and postnasal drip? If so, our Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, ENT doctor Dr. Andrew Pestcoe can help you find the relief you’re looking for from your allergies. An ENT doctor is a medical professional who specializes in treating conditions that impact the ear, nose and throat. If you are looking for allergy relief, you’ve come to the right place.

Signs of Allergic Rhinitis

Our Bethlehem, PA, otolaryngologist commonly treats allergies that impact the nasal or sinus passages. This is often referred to as allergic rhinitis or “hay fever”. Allergies can be brutal, especially if you don’t have them under control or if you deal with them all year long. Common warning signs of allergic rhinitis include,

  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy face (often the nose, mouth or skin)
  • Congestion
  • Persistent cough
  • Sinus pressure
  • Fatigue

If you are experiencing these symptoms and they are persistent or severe then it’s time to turn to our Allentown, PA, ENT team for help.

How our ENT Team Can Help

The problem with sinus symptoms is that you may think you have allergies when you are really deal with another nasal problem entirely such as chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps. If you’ve never been diagnosed with allergies before but you’re dealing with nasal symptoms then our ENT team can help you. An ENT is different from an allergist.

While issues such as a skin rash, watery eyes or swollen lips may be better addressed by an allergist, Dr. Pestcoe and his team can address symptoms that impact the ears, nose and throat. We can even work closely with your allergist to make sure that you get the most comprehensive treatment plan possible.

Treating Allergies

The severity of your allergies and the type of symptoms you’re dealing with will determine the best course of action when it comes to managing your allergies. Common treatment options include,

  • Corticosteroid nasal sprays or antihistamine sprays
  • Over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Mast Cell Stabilizers
  • Oral steroids
  • Immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots)

Whether you’re dealing with allergies or chronic sinusitis, our Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, otolaryngologist Dr. Pestcoe and the team at The Head and Neck Center is here to help. To schedule a consultation with us, call (610) 691-2552 today.