Allergy Treatments at South Florida ENT Associates 

Allergies are caused by an over-reactive immune system when triggered by certain allergens. When the allergen re-enters the body, the immune system immediately recognizes it, resulting in a chain reaction of responses. These reactions can lead to tissue destruction and dilated blood vessels, sparking the creation of an array of inflammatory substances, including histamine. 

Histamine is what causes most of the typical allergy symptoms, such as:

  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Watery eyes and nose
  • Sneezing
  • Hives
  • Headaches
  • Scratchy throat 
  • Respiratory troubles like asthma

Less common symptoms may also include eczema and balance disturbances.

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Pinpointing Allergies and Treating Allergies

At our office, an allergist in Aventura provide a wide range of testing options for those who suffer from allergies. Allergy testing is a process to determine what substances if any, are causing an allergic reaction. Food, pollen, dust mites, and other environmental agents such as pet dander or mold can cause allergies. A doctor usually orders a skin or blood test to help diagnose the allergy.

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How Do Allergy Drops Work?

Allergy drops work by introducing a small amount of allergen over an extended period. With regular dosages, your body begins to build up a tolerance to the allergen and can help alleviate symptoms associated with allergies. Allergy drops provide a convenient alternative for those unable or unwilling to take allergy shots. Unlike allergy shots, there are no needles and fewer trips to the doctor’s office. Allergy drops also have fewer side effects than allergy shots and can be taken at home or at your convenience. If you’re looking for a convenient way to manage your allergies, allergy drops may be the right choice for you. 

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    How Do Allergy Shots Work?

    For those receiving allergy shots, the treatment typically requires a long-term commitment to achieve the best recovery from an allergy. As you progress through allergy shot treatments, the allergens dosage slowly increases. This increase in dosage helps your body build a tolerance to your environmental allergen and reduces your sensitivity level. After an initial dose of 1-2 injections a week, eventually, only one injection every 3-4 weeks is necessary for maintenance. It’s important to be consistent with your allergy shot schedule and attend all appointments to properly build up the tolerance of allergens and achieve long-term relief. 

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    What is Biologic Therapy in Allergy Treatment?

    If you continually suffer from asthma symptoms despite using control medications like inhalers, it may be time to consider taking a biologic. Biologics work by injecting or infusing monoclonal antibodies - human-made blood proteins made up of living cells - into your bloodstream, which binds to and reduces the inflammation in your immune system responsible for causing asthmatic reactions. Taking biologics can help restore balance and order to your daily life disrupted by allergic asthma.

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