What are Allergies?
An allergy is a abnormal auto-immune response to a normal stimulant. A reaction happens when the immune system reacts to an allergenic substance (allergen) that has entered the body and is not welcomed. The immune system produces antibodies capable of recognizing the same substance if it ever decides to re-enter the body. If the allergen re-enters the body, a series of reactions will occur. These reactions may include inflammation, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, scratchy throat, hives, clear nasal drainage, etc. A few common allergens are food, mold, dust, pollens, feathers, animal dander and airborne pollutants. Some allergies may be seasonal. Others may cause year-round discomfort.
Seasonal allergies are believed to affect as many as 40% of U.S. children. On any given day, about 10,000 of those children miss school because of their allergies. That's a total of more than 2 million lost school days every year. Symptoms like fatigue, headache, sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, and itchiness can get in the way of attention and concentration, and the medications taken to manage these symptoms can also interfere with school performance. Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville, KY. The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the course of a year. But that sick time is often concentrated during peak allergy periods. An Ohio State University study showed that allergy sufferers can miss up to 32 hours of work in a week when allergens are at their peak. And with 20 to 50 million Americans suffering from some form of seasonal allergies, all that lost work really adds up!
How is allergy testing at ENT Consultants different from allergy testing done at an allergist office?
- We test on the arms rather than the back, which means no undressing!
- We test our serums twice. The first time as a skin test and the second as an intradermal needle stick. Allergiest may perform up to 5 intradermal needle sticks for each allergen - that is a lot of shots!!!
- Our immunotherapy regimen can take 3-5 years, while allergist immunotherapy regimens can take more than 5 years to complete!
- We offer the option of sublingual therapy instead of allergy shots, which is not offered by all allergists!
- If your allergies are severe enough to affect your nasal anatomy (i.e. nasal polyps), the surgeon that is over-seeing your allergy testing and immunotherapy is the same surgeon that would do your sinus surgery. We are a one stop shop!
If you are interested in allergy testing, please call our office for an appointment with one of our providers for a referral to our Allergy Clinic at 402-778-5250!
PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT SINCE THE TIME SET ASIDE FOR YOUR SKIN TEST IS EXCLUSIVELY YOURS FOR WHICH SPECIAL ALLERGENS ARE PREPARED! IF FOR ANY REASON YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR SKIN TEST APPOINTMENT, PLEASE GIVE 48 HOURS NOTICE!!!