Are you suffering from itchy eyes and excessive sneezing? Are you unable to breathe freely through your nose? If so, you may be one of the many suffering from allergies in Jersey Village, TX.
Sometimes they’re seasonal, sometimes they’re not! Allergies can ruin your life. Luckily, if you live in Jersey Village we can help. Houston Sinus & Allergy specialize in helping patients in West Central Harris County area find allergy relief and breathe freely again.
Anyone that has ever suffered from allergies understands how the related symptoms can become a major burden and challenge in your life. 1 in 4 Americans suffers with allergies that cause anywhere from mild to severe discomfort.
Untreated allergies can lead to chronic congestion (chronic sinusitis), post nasal drip (sinus drainage) and more severe diseases like severe asthma, severe sinus problems, headaches or possibly life threatening gastrointestinal problems.
Remember that over-the-counter treatments such as Zyrtec, Allegra, Benadryl, Flonase, Nasocort, Claritin, Xyzal, Rhinocort, Netipot only work to mask your symptoms and do not alleviate the actual cause of your allergies.
Finding relief from your allergies is a two-step process. First, your allergies must be understood, then they can be treated.
Allergies (allergic reactions) occur when your immune system reacts to counter the effects of an allergen that has entered your body. The immune system fights the allergens by producing histamine, which is what causes your allergy symptoms to occur.
Common causes of allergies include pollens, environmental and chemical pollutants. This includes air pollution, dust, pet dander and more. Everyone’s body is different, and some of us (the less lucky ones) have hypersensitive immune systems that react strongly to these typically harmless substances in the environment. Allergies can be seasonal, occurring only at certain times of the year, or persist year-round.
Allergies are often hereditary and can occur at any time, at any age. They can disappear and reappear as well, but one thing is for sure – suffering from allergies is just no fun. Don’t worry though – with the help of Houston Sinus & Allergy, you can find out how you can get back to enjoying life in Jersey Village without the hassle of allergies.
We see allergy sufferers from Jersey Village all the time. We see a lot of similarities and common allergies shared amongst the population, which often include allergies to pollen, oak, birch, juniper, ragweed, box elder, cedar and more. We also see lots of common dust and pet dander allergies ruining peoples lives. No matter what the cause of your allergies, we have allergy testing, allergy treatment and allergy surgery options that are right for you.
Generally, treating allergies means reducing exposure to allergens and taking antihistamine or nasal decongestant medicines. Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin are common allergy medications available at your pharmacy that can help provide relief from your symptoms.
For those suffering from more severe allergies, allergy shots may be prescribed to help build up the bodies natural immune response over time. This is called Immunology (Shots/Sublingual Immunotherapy) and can be used to treat both seasonal and indoor allergies. Also, in severe cases, allergy surgery may be an option. Allergy surgery typically refers to a Turbinate Reduction procedure, which often has patients breathing normally with a simple 5-minute treatment.
Avoiding allergens is extremely difficult, and traditional allergy medications often don’t work well. They can also cause a whole host of undesirable side effects and taking medication long term is not good for your health or your wallet. Luckily, Immunotherapy allergy shots are a proven effective allergy treatment method and are available at our Houston Sinus & Allergy clinic.
Immunology (Immunotherapy) involves a series of shots that contain a trace amount of the offending allergen(s) that trigger reactions in a patient. Each shot contains just enough allergen(s) that the patient’s immune system is stimulated, but not enough for a full blown allergic reaction to occur. Over time, the treatment has shown itself to be very effective at desensitizing the bodies immune system, resulting in a subdued reaction to allergens.
Nasal turbinate reduction is a very simple but often long-lasting allergy solution. Turbinates’ are ridge-like structures on the side wall of the inside of your nose that function to help warm and moisturize the air you inhale. Histamine causes these turbinates to become inflamed and enlarged, blocking off nasal airflow.
In a simple 5-minute procedure, Houston Sinus & Allergy can help you say goodbye to nasal congestion and nasal drip caused by allergies.
The first step in fighting your allergies is to understand them. This is where allergy testing comes in to play. If you’re suffering from allergy symptoms (listed above), you may benefit from allergy testing at Houston Sinus & Allergy. Allergy testing has proven to greatly increase the quality of life of allergy sufferers by allowing them to zero in on the cause of their symptoms. Knowing which allergens are causing your immune system to react is the first step in being able to find a treatment that works.
Our allergy tests include testing for most Type 1 Hypersensitivity reactions such as food allergies, drug allergies, airborne allergies, occupational allergies and venom.
A drop of solution which contains a suspected allergen is placed on a patient’s skin, then a series of tiny painless needle pricks or scratches are made on the skin to allow the allergen to enter. If a skin irritation develops, it usually means an allergy to that allergen is present (positive reaction).
Similar to the skin prick test, a patch with allergen solution applied is secured to the skin for 24-72 hours. If a skin irritation develops an allergen allergy has been discovered. This test is widely used to detect skin allergies like dermatitis.
This test requires a trace amount of allergen solution to be injected into the skin. This test is a more detailed version of the skin prick test and is used when earlier tests showed no results, but a specific allergen is still suspected of causing an allergic reaction.
Simply put, Radioallergosorbent testing requires a patient’s serum to be incubated alongside a solid phase allergen. This test allows for multiple allergens to be tested simultaneously using one sample of a patient’s serum.
Nobody enjoys suffering from allergies and luckily you don’t have to. Contact our award-winning practice and let us help you find the relief you need to live life normally. Dr. Nguyen is nationally recognized as an expert in allergy treatments in Jersey Village and the greater Houston area. Houston Sinus & Allergy will address the cause of your allergies and not only the symptoms. Find out for yourself why our office was honored with the Living Best of Reader’s Choice Award in 2015. Contact us for more information.
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Dr. Cong Thu (CT) Nguyen is a Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgeon who has extensive training and experience in the diseases of the ears, nose and throat. His special clinical interests include sinus diseases, snoring disorders, allergy treatment and image guided functional endoscopic sinus surgery. He has 15+ years experience as a leading ENT expert and has helped hundreds of people get relief from their nasal & sinus conditions.
“I was suffering of constant congestion and running fevers every month! I was very miserable for almost 2 years. I decided to come see Dr. Nguyen after writing other doctors who wouldn't even give me the time of day. Dr. Nguyen actually sat down and listened! He noticed many things other doctors didn't. He treated me for my allergies and combined the procedure on me. After the procedure, I could actually breathe! Dr. Nguyen has ever since given me advice on how to continue to take care of my nose and keep allergies under control.”
“Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very nice. The sinus procedure was tough at the beginning as I could not take steroids to aid the recovery process, but now I'm feeling great!”
“Surgery was not as complicated as I feared. I feel the benefits after a few weeks. The doctor and his staff are awesome and very personable. I highly recommend this office to anyone with sinus issues.”