Dealing with allergies? Here’s what to expect from the testing process.
More than 50 million people in the US have an allergy. If you are dealing with a runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, watery eyes or any of the symptoms of an allergy then turning to our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi can give you the answers you need to help you manage your allergy symptoms.
What to Expect: Allergy Testing
Our allergy testing is performed under the direct supervision of our Pembroke Pines, FL, allergist. Most allergies can be diagnosed with a simple skin or blood test. Skin tests are usually performed because they more cost-effective and they produce faster results; however, in some instances, blood tests may be more accurate.
Allergy skin tests are performed by either pricking the skin with the allergen to see how the skin reacts or by injecting some of the allergens into the arm or forearm to see if swelling or redness appears. Results will usually appear within 20 minutes; however, there can still be a delayed allergic reaction that can occur up to two days after the test.
While the itching and swelling that comes from the test can be a bit annoying the test is not painful, and the reaction should go away within a couple of hours. Our allergist may also apply an antihistamine to the area to reduce redness and itching.
Blood testing may be the preferred method for diagnosing an allergy if someone is dealing with severe dermatological problems such as psoriasis or eczema (flare-ups may be triggered by a skin test) or if they are taking certain medications that cannot be stopped prior to testing.
Our allergists can test everything from common outdoor allergens (e.g. pollen; insect bites and stings; mold) and indoor allergens (e.g. dust mites; pet dander) to foods and medications.
When to Get Tested
If you have some idea of what might be causing your symptoms then by simply avoiding the triggers you may be able to get your symptoms under control; however, if you can’t then it’s time to see one of our ENT doctors. Prior to testing we will also go through your medical history and ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are dealing with persistent or severe allergies that are affecting your daily routine it’s time to turn to Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas, for testing and treatment.
Get your allergies under control. We can help!
While milder allergy issues may not warrant treatment or may be properly controlled with the occasional over-the-counter allergy medication, some people deal with such persistent allergy symptoms that it affects their daily routine. Don’t let allergies take over. This is where our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi can help you get the relief you need.
What causes an allergic reaction?
There are so many substances in our environment that while completely harmless can still trigger an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is when the body assumes that this substance is actually a harmful foreign invader, which causes the immune system to fight back. The result is an allergic reaction. Triggers, also known as allergens, can be just about anything; however, the most common allergens include,
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect bites/stings
- Foods (e.g. shellfish, milk,peanuts)
What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?
Allergy symptoms vary based on the person and the type of allergy they have. Seasonal allergies are more likely to cause symptoms akin to a cold such as,
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy, red eyes
Other allergies such as food allergies can also lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash or abdominal pain. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. If an allergy is life-threatening this can cause someone to go into anaphylaxis. This is considered a medical emergency and it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include,
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Sudden drop in blood pressure
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the throat or tongue
These symptoms often come about suddenly and without much warning.
When should I see an allergist?
If you are dealing with any of the non life-threatening symptoms above and you suspect that you might have an allergy it’s important to call our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Common treatment options include,
- Avoiding the allergen
- Making lifestyle adjustments
- Prescription medications (e.g. antihistamines; steroids)
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
If you are dealing with allergy issues then it’s time to call the ENT specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas to find out the best approach for managing your allergies. Call us at (954) 438-7171 today to schedule an appointment!
We can help get your sinus issues under control!
Have persistent sinus infections, trouble sleeping, and facial pressure become the norm, with over-the-counter treatment options failing to provide you with the relief that you need? If so, it may be time to turn to our Pembroke Pine, FL, otolaryngologists, Drs. Craig Shapiro and Sina Joorabchi, for more aggressive and effective treatment options!
Currently, there are 30.8 million Americans who have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Unfortunately, the issue here is understanding why something as simple as an acute sinus infection can somehow lead to persistent and chronic problems. Luckily, while researchers are still figuring out why chronic sinusitis occurs, our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors can still help treat nasal blockages, swelling, and other symptoms!
What is sinusitis and when does this infection become chronic?
Sinusitis or a sinus infection leads to inflammation within the nasal passageways, often as the result of fungus or bacteria. Those with sinus infections often deal with nasal pressure/pain, loss of smell, stuffed noses, and difficulty breathing. An acute sinus infection usually occurs after a cold or series of allergies.
However, sinusitis becomes chronic when simple at-home care and treatment aren’t helping and you’ve been dealing with persistent symptoms for over three months.
How can an otolaryngologist help me?
Since chronic sinusitis is the result of inflammation rather than an infection, the goal of treatment is to get your inflammation under control. This can be done in one of several ways, with the first course of action usually being medication such as nasal steroid sprays. Sometimes there are other issues present such as asthma or allergies that our doctor will need to treat as well, for these issues could be making your inflammation worse.
If medication is unable to get your chronic sinusitis under control, then it might be time to talk to a doctor about getting surgery. Of course, sinus surgery has advanced a lot over the years and we can now offer a simple balloon sinuplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require an incision or the removal of bone or tissue.
Instead, a catheter with a deflated balloon at the end is guided into the blocked nasal passage where the balloon is then inflated. As the balloon is inflated it will open up the blockage, allowing mucus and bacteria to properly drain. Even once the catheter is removed, the sinus cavity will remain open.
Need relief? Give us a call!
Located in Pembroke Pines and serving the Broward County and the Hollywood areas, the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy is dedicated to helping you better manage your sinus problems! If you are dealing with chronic or recurring sinusitis, then call us today at (954) 438-7171 to learn more about what we can do to help!
Are you dealing with allergies? If so, you probably have some questions.
Sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes—these are just some of the classic symptoms of allergies. While some of us may periodically deal with unpleasant bouts of allergies, there are some people who battle allergies all of the time. Learn more about allergies and how to treat them by reading below, and if you are interested in personal treatment, call your Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi.
What is an allergy?
Our immune system is designed to be able to spot foreign invaders such as bacteria or viruses and destroy them; however, our immune system can react to an otherwise harmless substance by producing the necessary antibodies to destroy the substance. This is called an allergic reaction, and symptoms can range from minor to life-threatening.
What are the most common types of allergies?
While people can develop allergies to just about any substance in our environment, there are certain ones that are more common. These include,
- Dust and dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect stings or bites
What are the common allergy symptoms?
Symptoms may manifest anywhere in the body but they usually appear in the eyes, throat, nose, stomach, and respiratory system. The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of allergy. For example, food allergies often cause gastrointestinal issues while pollen often affects the ears, throat, and nose.
Who develops allergies?
Anyone can develop allergies, although it’s more common for them to develop in children. However, it is still possible for allergies to show up later in life even after being in remission for many years.
What types of foods can cause allergies?
These eight foods make up about 90 percent of food-related allergic reactions,
- Tree nuts
What is the best way to test for allergies?
When you visit our Pembroke Pines office for an evaluation, we will go through your medical history and discuss your symptoms. We will also perform a physical examination. Often times a skin prick test is used to determine what’s causing your allergies, although a blood test may also be performed.
What are some ways to treat allergies?
The treatment you receive will depend on the type and severity of your allergies. Sometimes, over-the-counter medications are all that’s needed for those with mild-to-moderate allergies, but those with more severe allergies may require a prescription medication. Common medications include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, and eye drops.
Those who deal with allergy symptoms more than three months at a time, as well as those who aren’t getting the relief they need from allergy medication and lifestyle modifications, may want to consider getting immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots).
Still wondering how to best manage your allergy symptoms? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The allergy specialists at our Pembroke Pines office are here to help. Call us today at (954) 438-7171.
Allergies are more common than you might realize, with more than 50 million Americans dealing with a variety of different allergies each year. So, how do you know that your symptoms are due to allergies? Our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, can provide you with the diagnosis and treatment plan you need to get your allergy symptoms under control.
Common Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms you experience can often inform our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists as to what you are allergic to. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include,
- Stuffed up or runny nose
- Red, itchy eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Rash or hives
- Nausea or vomiting
- Swollen lips, tongue, or face
For example, you may develop nausea or diarrhea after eating a food to which you are allergic, while those who are allergic to pollen may develop watery eyes or a runny nose. Your symptoms will vary depending on what you are allergic to and how severe the allergy is.
In rare situations, an allergic reaction may be so severe that it can lead to anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. This usually occurs within a few minutes of exposure and symptoms of anaphylaxis include,
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Trouble breathing
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Blue lips
- Losing consciousness
It is important that you seek medical attention right away if you or a family member develops symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Treating Your Allergies
If you are dealing with symptoms of an allergy, it’s important to turn to our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologist as soon as possible. After all, untreated allergies can often get worse, so the sooner you get your symptoms under control the better. Your allergy treatment plan will involve a variety of medications and lifestyle modifications.
Common medications include antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays, and decongestants. The medications prescribed will differ depending on what symptoms you are experiencing. Lifestyle modifications may include using an air filter, vacuuming regularly, bathing your pet weekly, and using special bedding.
If you are fighting with your allergy symptoms and can’t seem to get them under control, it might be time to turn to the allergy and asthma specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL. Call our office today at (954) 438-7171 to learn more.
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