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By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
March 18, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

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 allergydeal 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
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Chemicals
  • Foods
  • Medications
  • Latex
  • 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,

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

 

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.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
January 02, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

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. Girl with AllergiesSina 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
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • 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.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
May 22, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Don’t let allergies ruin your day. Find out how to get them under control.

While some of us welcome spring with open arms, others welcome spring with red, itchy eyes, sneezing, and nasal congestion. If the latterallergies sounds like you then you may be dealing with seasonal allergies. Our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists serving Broward County and the Hollywood area, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, are here to tell you how allergies can affect your ENT health and what we can do to help.

When it comes to seasonal allergies the two most common types are grass and pollen. You may notice that your symptoms flare up when going outside, particularly on days where grass and pollen counts are high.

Whenever grass or pollen comes into contact with your ears, nose, throat, or eyes it causes a histamine reaction within your body. As a result, you’ll end up dealing with a slew of unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms, including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Pressure in the ears
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus or vertigo (in some cases)

Those who battle severe allergy symptoms may also experience fatigue on a regular basis. Of course, if you are an allergy sufferer the first thing you want to do is attack your seasonal allergy symptoms head on. Our Pembroke Pines ENT doctor can help you choose the treatment or treatment options that will best manage your symptoms and reduce allergy flare-ups.

Of course, there are some people who may be able to combat minor symptoms through over-the-counter medications like nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines. This, along with certain lifestyle modifications such as using a HEPA filter in your home and keeping the windows closed during high pollen and grass counts, may be all you need to experience ample relief; however, if symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to the medications you are using we can prescribe a stronger allergy medications based on your symptoms.

Broward Center for Ear, Nose & Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, and serving the Hollywood area, is ready to help you battle and win your fight against allergies. Call our office and let us know that you are looking for the right allergy treatment to manage your symptoms.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
January 04, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

Learn about allergies from your Pembroke Pines ENT.allergies

Allergies got you down? An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to common substances. AN ENT doctor can help you get rid of your allergies. ENT doctors specialize in conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, offer treatments for allergies. Here's a rundown of the most common types of allergies.

1. Drug Allergy

If you an allergic reaction after taking a certain medication, you may have a drug allergy. In many cases, the allergic reaction is mild. Severe cases can lead to shock and may be life-threatening. A serious, widespread allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. It may affect airways, skin, and organs. It happens quickly after taking a medication, often within seconds or minutes. Individuals with drug allergies may experience symptoms regardless of whether their medication comes in pill, liquid, or injectable form.

2. Food Allergy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies affect about 4 to 6 percent of kids and 4 percent of adults. Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs after eating a certain food. Symptoms of a reaction can include wheezing, hives, digestive problems, dizziness, or swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat. Severe reactions can be life-threatening.

3. Pollen Allergy

Over 25 million Americans are allergic to pollen, which are the tiny spores that plants release. The spread of pollen helps to fertilize plants — and can mean misery for allergy sufferers. The symptoms of a pollen allergy may include red, itchy, and watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy throat, wheezing, sneezing, or coughing. 

4. Skin Allergy

A skin allergy occurs when your skin touches something that your immune system believes is dangerous -- even though it isn't. Causes can include contact with poison ivy, perfume, latex, dyes, topical medications, detergent, cosmetics, and some metals. In someone with a skin allergy, the skin may turn dry, rough and scaly. It may develop a reddish color, swell into hives, or even ooze and crack as a result of irritation. 

5. Dust Allergy 

Dust allergies affect about 20 million Americans. Their symptoms often worsen during or after dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming. The symptoms of a dust allergy may include watery eyes, coughing, nasal congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. Go to an emergency room if shortness of breath rapidly worsens or if you're short of breath with minimal activity.

6. Insect Allergy

Fire ants, bees, wasps, and yellow-jackets are the most common stinging insects that can cause an allergic reaction. Most people stung by these insects recover within hours or days. In others, it can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction. Flies, fleas, mosquitoes, and bedbugs are common biting insects known to cause a reaction. Most people bitten by insects experience pain, itching, redness, stinging and swelling in the area around the bite. In rare cases, insect bites can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.

7. Pet Allergy

Do pet allergies have you sneezing and wheezing-- again? Pet allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to proteins in an animal's skin cells, saliva, or urine. Pet allergies can run in families and occur more often in people with asthma. The symptoms of a pet allergy may include nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy throat, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Allergies can interfere with your day-to-day activities and lessen the quality of your life. Get relief today with Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL also serving the Hollywood area. Call 954-438-7171 now to schedule an appointment. We want you to live your best life!

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
May 04, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

Wondering if your cold is actually an allergy? An allergy involves an overreaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances such as foods or pollen. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi of Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, which is located in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, provide treatments for people with allergies. Here are some general tips to help distinguish an allergy.

Check your symptoms.

If you're not sure if you have a cold or an allergy, inventory your symptoms. If the list encompasses a low-grade fever, yellow-colored or greenish mucus, coughing, or muscle and joint pain, then it's more likely a cold. But if you've got red, watery, or itchy eyes; clear nasal discharge; sneezing; or your throat or ears feel scratchy -- then you're probably dealing with an allergy.

Timing is everything.

The duration and time of year your symptoms occur can be strong clues to identifying their root cause. If your symptoms have lasted for a few weeks or a few months, you are probably dealing with an allergy. If your symptoms get worse in the fall or spring when pollen counts are higher, then it's more likely to be an allergy. However, if you have symptoms all the time, then you may have a year-round allergy, which is commonly due to indoor allergens.

Visit with your doctor.

If allergy symptoms continue to bother you and at-home treatments fail to work, or if you're still unable to tell if you have an allergy, then it's time to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist for a full evaluation. Your Pembroke Pines, FL, doctors can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results.

So, what are you waiting for? Don't let allergies keep you from enjoying life. Take control of your allergy symptoms. Call Dr. Craig Shapiro & Dr. Sina Joorabchi in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Hollywood area at 954-438-7171 today to schedule an appointment. We will help provide the relief you need.