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Allergy

Allergy Services

Allergies are caused by a sensitivity and exposure to numerous substances found in foods and our environment. For many people, allergies can be just as debilitating as a cold or the flu.

Here at Northeast Ear, Nose, and Throat Assoc., Inc. our testing and treatment methods identify which specific allergens affect you (foods, pollens, molds, animals, and some skin irritants) so that you are one step closer to achieving effective control of allergies. We use the latest testing techniques, including the “ComforTen® Multiple Skin Test System” and work to educate you on effective allergen elimination and avoidance techniques.

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Our Mission:

To provide our patients with simple, relatively painless, and quick testing to help pinpoint your inhalant, food and skin allergies. If warranted, we can provide an effective immunotherapy plan and allergy avoidance techniques to enhance your quality of life.

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body to one or more substances that are harmless to most people.  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). The battle between our antibodies and the allergens results in the release of chemical mediators, such as histamine, into the bloodstream. These chemical mediators cause changes in the body which produce the symptoms that we feel.

Basic Environmental Avoidance Techniques

Once your specific allergies have been identified, extensive environmental control techniques will be discussed with you immediately following your testing appointment by our highly-trained allergy staff.

Common Inhalant Allergens

SEASONAL INHALANTS

  • POLLENS –Plants reproduce via the production of pollen. Most flowering plants produce a very heavy and sticky pollen which is spread by insects and birds. This particular pollen is not easily airborne and is seldom the cause of an allergic sensitivity. However, non-flowering plants produce large amounts of lightweight pollen which are primarily wind-borne and are most frequently the cause of allergic irritation. Factors such as wind velocity, temperature and humidity affect the amount of pollen in the air.
  • TREES – Most trees pollinate from March to June, with April and May being the peak of the season. Trees in your yard may be particularly allergenic to you because of their proximity.
  • GRASSES – Most grasses pollinate from April to September. The peak of the grass season on the eastern shore is in May and June.
  • WEEDS – Most weeds pollinate from August through October. Weeds are found in uncultivated fields, vacant lots, coastal plains, roadsides, and along streams.

PERENNIAL INHALANTS

  • HOUSE DUST & DUST MITES – Decomposed plant and animal particles, pet hair, and animal fibers contained in household furnishings make up house dust. The dust mite is a microscopic insect that feeds on human hair, skin flakes, and dander. The mite is most often found in the bedroom and in upholstered furniture. House dust is a year-round offender which tends to be worse in the colder months when the heat is turned on and the humidity is much lower.
  • MOLDS – Molds and fungi are forms of living plant life which feed on organic matter such as wood, paper, leather, and paint. They grow best where there is dampness, lack of air movement and poor light. Their microscopic spores are easily distributed by wind or air currents. Outdoors, molds grow best on vegetation, in the soil, or around swimming pools. Indoors, they flourish in basements, stuffed furniture, bedding, bathrooms, foam rubber, painted or papered walls, and humidifiers.
  • ANIMAL DANDERS, FEATHERS – Animals constantly shed their hair and skin (dander). This dander pervades the entire house and becomes a part of house dust. Dander can remain in the carpet and upholstery indefinitely, even after the pet is removed. Pets also bring in pollen and molds from outdoors. Feathers are organic materials which become a part of house dust and are excellent food for molds.