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» Do you suffer regularly from stuffy nose?
» Do you have frequent flu or runny nose?
» Do you have hives?
» Do you have ezcema?
» Do you have asthma?
» Do you have unexplained bloating, diarrhoea?
If you suffer regularly from the above symptoms, you may have an undiagnosed allergy. Allergy & Sinus Allergy affects up to 30% of the population. It has a great impact on the quality of life especially in children. Allergies vary in their manifestations depending on the organ system that has been affected and they are usually known by different names. This has added to the confusion both to the patients and their physicians.
Many patients may present with multiple symptoms that appear unrelated. The underlying cause may be allergy; failure to treat allergy would lead to recurring symptoms.
To get an accurate assessment of your allergy, you can consult the ENT Specialist at the Centre for Ear Nose Throat Allergy & Snoring ( CENTAS).
Common Causes of Allergy
Inhalant (from the air) such as house dust mite, pollens, dog/cats fur. This can be identifed by skin or blood tests.
Food Allergy may be of the immediate or delayed form.
Often food allergy is the non immediate type. They appear much later and make specialised tests necessary for diagnosis.
Symptoms caused by food allergy include eczema, chronic cough, nasal polyps, phlgem (in absence of infection), chronic headaches, etc.
Often the symptoms are nonspecific and the individual has seek numerous medical opinions without relief.
On identification of the allergy, a program for management of the allergy is proposed. This include methods of avoidance, medical treatment and where appropriate, immunotherapy.
Often the cause of symptoms of allergy can be avoided or removed. For example, a particular food can be avoided, or a pet can be removed from the home or kept away from sleeping area. Some causes of symptoms cannot be eliminated but exposure can be reduced. For example, pollens, dust mites and molds cause most allergies among adults and kids.
Modify environment to minimize the troublesome exposures.
» Use high quality air cleaner (HEPA)
» Maintain low humidity
» No plush toys
» Avoid carpets and drapes, upholstered furniture
» Allergen proof covers for mattress and pillows
» Wet mop and vacuum frequently
Make the living space and the pets exclusive. For example, confine the pet to an area or getting someone to care for your pet.
Grass pollen allergy
Wear mask when mowing grass, change clothes after mowing, pre-treat with nasal spray or avoid the job totally.
» Reduce humidity to reduce mould growth
» Reduce the number of house plants
» Don’t let damp clothes sit in the washing machine, dry the clothes immediately
» Dry bathroom walls after shower
» Install a bathroom fan and vent
Medications are frequently used to decrease or eliminate allergy symptoms. These include steroid nasal sprays, steroid tablets and antihistamines. Whilst they are effective in controlling symptoms they do not provide a cure for allergy.
3. Immunotherapy (Desensitisation)
Immunotherapy or desensitisation works by changing the way the body responds to the triggering allergies. It is the only means of curing allergy. For instance, if you are allergic to dust mite, immunotherapy can prevent you from reacting to dust mite after an appropriate length of treatment.
In trained hands, immunotherapy is a safe and effective treatment. Recent developments of sublingual (oral) drops have also make the implementation of treatment hassle free and convenient. Excellent results have been seen in allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma patients undergoing this treatment. Children from 3 years can start on treatment after confirmation of their allergy.
Dr Pang has great experience in the use of sublingual immunotherapy to treat allergies.
Book an appointment with HealthSense Specialist Dr. YT Pang to look at your ENT problems and get cured.