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Sinus and Allergy

What Are Allergies and What Is Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergies or allergic rhinitis is a disorder that occurs when your body detects foreign substances called allergens (triggers). Your allergies occur because your body's defense system mistakes harmless allergens (such as pollen, dust, or grass) for harmful antigens (such as bacteria).

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis occur when a substance called histamine is released into the blood. The histamine causes the most common symptoms of allergies such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Stuffy nose
These symptoms are often called hay fever (although hay fever is neither caused by hay nor results in fever).
pediatric throat treatmentAllergies are a very common condition, and can happen to anyone of any age or background. Allergic reactions occur when your body mistakes harmless allergens for more harmful ones. If you have allergic reactions, you know how inconvenient they can be, and you need the care of an allergy doctor in the Tulare and Visalia areas.
How to Control Your Allergies
Most patients of Dr. Smith have suffered with sinus- and allergy-related complaints most of their lives. The program's initial efforts focus on accurately diagnosing the cause of your allergic and nasal complaints before prescribing a treatment plan specific for you. The goal is for long-term therapy to improve your quality of life.
Taking an antihistamine such as Claritin™, Clarinex™, Allegra™, Zyrtec™ or other new medications for your allergies is similar to taking an aspirin for all of your headaches. It does not address the underlying cause of your allergies, so you do not gain any long-term benefit. Dr. Smith wants you to be more in control of your allergies by identifying what triggers your allergies and then using modern, scientifically proven methods to reduce your suffering.
What Are the Three Techniques Dr. Smith Uses to Manage Allergies?
  • Avoidance
  • Medications
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)

The first line of therapy for allergies is avoidance. Knowing what activates your allergies through allergy testing allows you to avoid being exposed to harmful triggers. For instance, if you are allergic to dust mites you should obtain bed sheets and pillows that are resistant to dust mites. Reducing your exposure may dramatically improve your nasal complaints. Many allergens such as dust, pollens, and mold are difficult if not impossible to avoid, especially at work.

Medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, steroids and decongestants may provide temporary relief but do not address the underlying problem. Furthermore, medications often fail to adequately control your symptoms. Medication is useful for short-term benefit or for those who have minimal problems controlling their allergies.

Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)
Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is one of the only scientifically proven methods to control allergies for long-term benefit. Immunotherapy is ideal for those who cannot avoid their allergic triggers, have problems managing their allergies or do not like feeling "medicated." Once your allergens have been identified through skin testing, you may consider immunotherapy to control your allergies.

Contact Information
Dr. Lonnie R. Smith Ear Nose & Throat
1066 N. Cherry St.
Tulare, CA 93274
Phone: 559-686-2599
Clinic Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday - Sunday

Diplomate American Board OF Otolaryngology
In Business Since 1994
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