Our success rate for treating allergies is 90%!

Our allergy team is committed to caring for each individual patient in making a difference in the way each feels. The compassion shown by our staff and the time we invest in all of our patients is the best indicator of our commitment to total patient care.
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Each treatment plan is personalized to each patient’s specific needs. We will walk you through environmental control measures and lifestyle adjustments to help minimize your allergic reactions. If immunotherapy (allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops) is recommended, we will spend time explaining in detail your program options, so you will have all of the information that you need to make an informed decision.

We realize that coming in for office visits each week for an allergy shot can be a challenge, so we offer “home injections” for patients who have reached their maintenance level.

Allergy Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

Forty-five million Americans suffer from recurring allergy symptoms. Allergy symptoms appear when the body’s immune system begins to respond to a substance as though it were a dangerous invader (called an antigen or allergen). It does this by sending specific defenders called antibodies to the entry site. The battle between allergen and antibody results in a release of chemical mediators, such as histamine, into the bloodstream. Those chemical mediators cause changes in the body, which produce the symptoms.

Symptoms that may be caused by an allergic reaction include itching eyes, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, nasal congestion and drainage, and sometimes headache. Some people experience hearing changes, scratchy sore throats, hoarseness, and cough. Other rare but severe symptoms include balance disturbances, swelling in face or throat tissues, skin irritations, and even respiratory problems and asthma.

Some allergy sufferers experience symptoms all year. Others find certain seasons when the pollen count is high or specific circumstances bring on attacks. Allergy symptom control is most successful when multiple management approaches are used simultaneously. Minimizing exposure to allergens, managing symptoms with medications, and desensitization by using allergy shots are all methods that can be useful in controlling allergic symptoms.

Medications properly used can be very helpful. Over-the-counter drugs can be beneficial to treat the symptoms of allergic reactions, but don’t treat the cause. Sometimes prescription medications offer the best chance for control of allergies.

Beware Of Allergens

Nearly anything can be an allergen. Some substances, because of their chemical makeup, are more prone to generate an allergic response in humans. Pollens, food, mold, dust, animal dander, drugs such as penicillin, and other environmental pollutants commonly cause many to suffer allergic reactions.

While it’s sometimes possible to simply avoid allergens by making certain lifestyle changes, certain allergens are difficult to escape. These include house dust, pet danders, certain foods, and more. Symptoms of household allergies are frequently worse in the winter when the house is closed up.

Associates of Otolaryngology

AOO Team Bio

Associates of Otolaryngology has been serving the Denver area for over 40 years. This group of board-certified physicians has exceptional experience treating families and meeting their needs in ENT services, sleep health, sinus and allergy treatment, hearing treatment, and facial plastic surgery. Our team includes ENT doctors, specialty-trained nurses, audiologists, and plastic surgeons. In addition to outstanding routine care, our team is also available 24/7 for emergencies.

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Can Allergies Be Serious?

Allergies are rarely life threatening, but often cause disruptions to patients’ lifestyles, and can cause other conditions, such as asthma, to worsen during the allergic reaction. It is possible for allergy sufferers to develop sinus or respiratory infections if allergy symptoms are not controlled.

Allergy_Treatments_DenverTreatment And Prevention

A number of medications are useful in the treatment of allergy including antihistamines, nasal decongestant sprays, steroid sprays, and saline sprays. For severe, chronic allergies that don’t respond to over-the-counter treatment, it may be helpful to visit an allergy center and learn about your options for environmental control. Based on your medical history and specific allergy tests, an allergy specialist at the Associates of Otolaryngology can help create a personalized treatment plan.

The treatments employed by your otolaryngologist will depend on the substances to which you are allergic and the degree of your sensitivity to them. Although there are several options for allergy treatments, the most effective is the administration of injections that build up protective antibodies to specific allergens. Your otolaryngologist has extensive training in the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of allergies and is the specialist best trained to help you with sinus problems or other complications from nasal allergy.

Tips for Controlling Your Environment:

  • Wear a pollen mask when mowing grass or house cleaning (most drugstores sell them).
  • Change the air filters monthly in heating and air conditioning systems, and/or install an air purifier.
  • Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen counts.
  • Rid your home of indoor plants and other sources of mildew.
  • Don’t allow dander-producing animals (i.e., cats, dogs, etc.) in your home.
  • Change feather pillows, woolen blankets, and woolen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials.
  • Enclose mattress, box springs, and pillows in plastic barrier cloth.
  • Use antihistamine and decongestants as necessary and as tolerated.
  • Observe general good health practices; exercise daily, stop smoking, and eat a balanced diet.
  • Consider using a humidifier in the winter. Dry, indoor heat aggravates many allergic people. Be sure to clean the humidifier regularly.

Schedule an Allergy Appointment Today

If you suffer from severe airborne or food allergies that aren’t helped by over-the-counter medicine, the Associates of Otolayrngology can help. Our advanced ENT allergy center provides personalized allergy treatments using allergy drops, allergy injections, and environmental control plans. To go beyond treating symptoms and get to the root cause of your allergies, schedule an exam and allergy test with our team today. Contact our office by calling our phone number (720-897-7160) or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are allergies a sign of weak immune system?

Allergies are a sign of an overactive immune system to specific allergens, or irritants, in the environment.

Can allergies affect your thinking?

Allergies carry a broad range of side-effects, including fatigue, nasal congestion, postnasal drainage, sneezing, and itchy eyes, amongst others.

Can allergies cause permanent damage?

Untreated allergies will not typically cause permanent damage to your body, but can contribute to sinus infections and other irritating symptoms.

Do allergy shots have steroids in them?

No - allergy shots do not have steroids in them. Allergy shots are composed of allergens, or tiny particles of the irritant, such as pollen, pet dander, dust, or mold.

How do you stop allergies immediately?

Unfortunately, allergy treatment takes time. Maximal medical treatment for allergies includes a daily antihistamine, in addition to two nasal sprays - a nasal steroid spray and a prescription antihistamine spray. If that treatment is not adequate for patients, they may be a good candidate for allergy testing and possibly immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops).

How long does it take for allergy immunotherapy to work?

Many patients notice improvement within 3 months, but peak improvement is usually achieved around 9 months.

How long is the build up phase for allergy shots?

The standard build up phase for allergy shots can be anywhere from 6-12 months (average 9 months). Many patients opt for twice weekly shots to build up faster than this.

Should I take a decongestant or an antihistamine?

Antihistamines are safe for long-term use, but decongestants are not as they can increase blood pressure and cause rebound nasal congestion.

What allergy medicine is best for severe allergies?

Unfortunately, allergy treatment takes time. Maximal medical treatment for allergies includes a daily antihistamine, in addition to two nasal sprays - a nasal steroid spray and a prescription antihistamine spray. If that treatment is not adequate for patients, they may be a good candidate for allergy testing and possibly immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops).

What is the allergy shot called?

Allergy shots are called immunotherapy. They work by desensitizing the immune system to the environmental allergen or irritant.

How long should you get allergy shots?

Most patients undergo immunotherapy for 3-5 years. Many patients opt to continue with shots longer than this for peak allergy control.

How long does it take to have an allergic reaction to food?

Unfortunately, allergy treatment takes time. Maximal medical treatment for allergies includes a daily antihistamine, in addition to two nasal sprays - a nasal steroid spray and a prescription antihistamine spray. If that treatment is not adequate for patients, they may be a good candidate for allergy testing and possibly immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops).

 

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