Allergy symptoms are a more common experience for residents of Tomball than you might think. The itchy or watery eyes, excessive sneezing, nasal congestion and other discomforts can really disrupt people who suffer from them. These allergy symptoms are often caused by seasonal allergies, a dust allergy, a pollen allergy and even certain allergic reactions to food or medication. If you find yourself suffering from allergies in Tomball, TX – you need to start taking action.
Some allergies occur only at certain times of the year, as with seasonal allergies, while others persist year-round. Allergy symptoms can range from mild and manageable to life-ruining discomfort, and we know that regardless of their severity, you want them gone no matter what. Houston Sinus & Allergy are the experts and specialize in helping patients living in the Tomball, TX area find relief from even their worst allergy symptoms.
Untreated allergies can also lead to more serious conditions including sinusitis (chronic nasal congestion), post nasal drip, chronic headaches, asthma, severe sinus complications and even gastrointestinal problems that could end up threatening your life. Allergy sufferers must take care of their health and seek professional treatment for their condition.
Seasonal allergies, dust allergies, pet allergies – it doesn’t matter the cause. Treating allergies in Tomball starts with a visit to the allergy experts at Houston Sinus & Allergy.
To begin correctly treating your allergies, it is vital to understand the cause of allergies and the related symptoms. Common allergy causes, or allergic reactions, could include seasonal allergies (pollen, ragweed, hay fever), pet allergies, dust allergies, allergies to certain medications or types of food, eye allergies, and skin allergies. The task of narrowing down what allergens are affecting you is often a difficult task, but it is the vital first step in allergy treatment.
Luckily, our doctor at Houston Sinus & Allergy is an expert in determining the cause of allergies and providing effective treatment. That’s because we treat allergy sufferers like yourself all the time and we’re really good at it. It’s safe to say we’ve seen it all, from pollen allergies, to pet or dust allergies – meaning regardless of your allergy causes, we’re ready to help with state-of-the-art allergy testing, allergy treatment, allergy medications and even allergy surgery options to eliminate or reduce your symptoms.
The first step in getting rid of allergies is to figure out what you’re allergic to. Sometimes our patients already have a pretty good idea before they even visit our clinic and sometimes they don’t. Our allergy testing methods allow us to understand what triggers your immune system’s response so that we can help control the reaction. Houston Sinus & Allergy offers testing for most Type 1 Hypersensitivity reactions including food allergies, airborne allergies, drug allergies, occupational allergies, and even venom allergies. Our office generally employs four standard testing options to help us understand the cause of allergies. These include:
This test involves a drop of solution containing an allergen to be absorbed through a series of tiny scrapes or painless needle pricks made onto a patient’s skin. Development of a skin irritation signifies an allergy is present to that specific allergen and treatment can begin.
Instead of pricking or scratching the skin, this test uses an allergen-soaked patch that is secured onto the patient’s skin for 24-72 hours and tests if a skin irritation (allergic reaction) occurs.
A trace amount of allergen solution is injected under the skin via a tiny needle. This type of testing is often used when no reaction was observed with a Skin Prick Test or Skin Patch Test but a specific allergen is still suspected of causing a reaction.
For this test, a small sample of a patient’s blood is incubated alongside a variety of suspected solid phase allergens. RAST is often used to accurately test multiple allergens at once using only a single sample.
Getting rid of allergies can be a challenging task, especially the process of determining what you’re actually allergic to. However, once your allergies have been identified it’s time to begin treatment so you can enjoy relief and freedom from your symptoms.
At Houston Allergy & Sinus, we have different treatment options for your allergies. Below, we have listed a few different ways we can treat you if you are suffering from allergies.
Allergy treatments often vary widely but will generally involve reducing your exposure to offending allergens alongside the use of over-the-counter allergy medications. Allergy medications include names such as Allegra, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Nasocort, Rhinocort, Flonase, Claritin or the use of a Netipot. However, these allergy medications only work to mask your symptoms and will not provide lasting allergy relief. These are great for dealing with seasonal allergies symptoms or short duration symptoms, but we don’t recommend taking allergy medication for extended periods of time. There are other allergy treatment options that may suit you better.
If you’ve already reduced your exposure to allergens, and allergy medications aren’t doing enough, the next step is a prescription for allergy shots or Immunology. The process of Immunology repeatedly exposes your body to minimal amounts of an allergen, prompting your body to build up its natural immune response over time. Immunology is often effective for most types of allergies and is a very common type of allergy treatment. It typically involves a series of drops, shots, patches or serum tests, which are used to prompt an allergic reaction from your body and help in identifying which allergens are triggers that cause your allergy symptoms.
Other treatments are often necessary for more chronic or severe allergies. These treatments sometimes include allergy surgery, which normally refers to a Turbinate Reduction procedure that can have you breathing normally in no time. This procedure is very simple and can often deliver a long-lasting allergy treatment. Nasal turbinates are ridge-like structures found on the side walls of the inside of your nose, which act to moisten and warm the air you breathe as it passes over them. The histamine produced by your immune system to fight allergens causes the turbinates to become inflamed and enlarged, blocking off airflow and leading to nasal congestion. Turbinate Reduction from Houston Sinus & Allergy can alleviate your nasal congestion in a simple 5-minute procedure.
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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.”