Allergy Specialist

MN Ear & Sinus Center -  - ENT Physician and Surgeon

MN Ear & Sinus Center

ENT Physician and Surgeons & Audiologists located in Blaine, MN

Allergy symptoms can feel debilitating and make everyday tasks unbearable. If you experience chronic stuffiness, a runny nose, watery eyes, or breathing problems, visit the experienced ENT physicians and surgeons at MN Ear & Sinus Center in Blaine, Minnesota. They can diagnose and treat allergies to give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.

Allergy Q & A

What are allergies?

If you have allergies, your immune system reacts to pet dander, dust, pollen, other airborne allergens, bee venom, some medications, latex, or certain foods that don’t cause problems in most other people. Allergy symptoms can range in severity from mild to severe or, in some cases, they can even be life-threatening. Fortunately, treatment with MN Ear & Sinus Center can offer you much-needed relief. 

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Common signs and symptoms you might experience if you have allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or red eyes
  • A runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives or a rash
  • Facial swelling
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and a life-threatening medical emergency. It can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or even shock and loss of consciousness.

How does my provider diagnose allergies?

To diagnose allergies and develop a treatment plan, your MN Ear & Sinus Center specialist reviews your symptoms and discusses your medical history. They also listen to your breathing and complete a physical examination.

Your doctor may recommend you undergo blood tests, skin prick tests, or patch testing to determine what you’re allergic to. If they suspect you have asthma, your provider might suggest you complete lung function tests to find out for sure.

What are my allergy treatment options?

Depending on the type and severity of allergy symptoms you experience, your ENT specialist may recommend the following allergy treatments:

Allergen avoidance

Steering clear of substances you’re allergic to is one of the best ways to prevent a serious allergic reaction. Keep your home clean to reduce dust, pet dander, and other airborne allergens.

Medications

Taking allergy medications can reduce many unpleasant allergy symptoms. Your provider might recommend taking oral medicines or to use a nasal spray, eye drops, or an inhaler. 

Allergy shots

Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, consist of injections or sublingual tablets that expose you to small amounts of known allergens. This helps your body build up a tolerance over time.

Inhaler

Using an inhaler helps you breathe easier if you experience shortness of breath due to allergies or asthma.

Emergency epinephrine

Emergency epinephrine is an injection medication you carry with you and use in the case of a severe allergic reaction, which is a medical emergency.

Don’t live with debilitating allergy symptoms when simple treatments are available at MN Ear & Sinus Center. Schedule an appointment over the phone or book online today.