- Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
- Irrigating your nasal passages with saline and water
- Trying linens and pillowcases that are allergy-proof
- Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
- Nasal congestion, a runny nose and watery eyes
- Coughing, wheezing or chest congestion
- A rash, itchy skin or eczema
- An itchy throat, nose or eyes
- Skin tests- during which tiny amounts of different allergens are injected just under your skin; you will know you are allergic to the substance if you see swelling or a rash within 20 minutes.
- Challenge tests- used to diagnose medication and food allergies, during which you inhale or ingest a tiny amount of allergen to test for a reaction
- Blood tests- a sample of your blood is sent to a laboratory where testing is completed
Remember it’s never too early to seek help from an allergist. Your allergist can help you get relief from allergies at any time of the year. Don’t wait! Call today and feel better tomorrow!
Having the tonsils taken out used to be a rite of passage of children, who didn't look forward to the surgery but enjoyed the unlimited ice cream that their doctors would prescribe afterward. Today, the pediatricians at CENTA - Children's Ear, Nose and Throat Associates - in Orlando, FL, see many patients with tonsillitis, but aren't as quick to recommend tonsil removal. You'll learn why this practice has changed over the years in this blog post.
What is tonsillitis?
The tonsils are two masses of tissue in the back of the throat that are part of the body's immune system. They work by trapping infection before it travels down the throat; if you have a sore throat from a bacterial or viral infection, you'll know your tonsils are working. Fever, swollen neck glands, ear pain and headache often accompany these infections which are known as acute tonsillitis. If your symptoms persist after a period of time and treatment, chronic tonsillitis is the likely diagnosis your pediatric ENT doctor in Orlando will diagnose.
How is acute tonsillitis treated?
Early treatment for tonsil inflammation will depend on if the infection is bacterial or viral. Bacterial infections - most often strep - should clear up after a few days of antibiotics prescribed by your pediatric ENT. Symptoms of viral infections - colds and flu - can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, staying hydrated with warm or cool clear liquids, and gargling with salt water.
How is chronic tonsillitis treated?
Tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of tonsils, used to be a routine procedure for children, but it has become less common as more evidence shows that the tonsils are a necessary part of the immune system. However, your Orlando pediatric ENT may recommend removal if chronic tonsillitis has caused antibiotic-resistant infections or persistent tonsil enlargement that makes swallowing and breathing difficult. This is an outpatient procedure that is performed in a hospital and requires several days of at-home care.
If your child has been dealing with recurrent sore throats, contact CENTA in Orlando, FL, to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations - Metrowest, Maitland, or Lake Nona - with one of our pediatric ear/nose/throat physicians today!
- Hear muffled speech or sounds
- Have a problem understanding individual words
- Need people to speak more loudly or slowly
- Have to turn up the television or radio
- Withdraw from social events or conversations
- Protect your ears by wearing earplugs or earmuffs if you are in a loud workplace
- Have your hearing tested by an audiologist or ENT specialist. Current recommendations are to have your hearing tested at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50.
- Protect your ears from damaging loud noises in your daily activities and recreation, especially listening to rock concerts, shooting guns or riding in loud vehicles.
- Take breaks from continuous loud noises.
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You may have allergies that show up in the spring when plants are flowering and grass is growing. You’ve grown used to the itchy, allergies watery eyes and sneezing. But now, you have allergies in winter too, when you’re indoors because of bad weather. Your ENT specialists want you to know that allergies aren’t just seasonal. They can affect you all year long.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, is common during the spring and summer months and is caused by an allergic response to tree or grass pollen and various other flowering plants. But allergies aren’t confined to just spring and summer. When you are indoors during the fall and winter, you can experience allergies to pet dander, dust mites, mold and many other indoor irritants. You can also be allergic to certain foods and not even realize it.
Your first step in dealing with allergies is to learn what you are allergic to. Your ENT doctors can test you for food allergies and a variety of both indoor and outdoor allergens. Once you’ve found out what you are allergic to, your doctors may prescribe:
Allergy shots—typically given once a week with either a single injection or multiple injections depending on how many things you are allergic to.
Sublingual drop therapy—a convenient option for people on the go, or those who don’t want injections; your doctors mix up a custom treatment solution which you can take at home and use daily, as a drop under your tongue.
There are also some remedies you can try at home to get relief from allergy symptoms, such as:
- Irrigating your nasal passages with a saline solution
- Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
- Using allergy-proof pillowcases and linens
- Using allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially in the bedroom
- Vacuuming your carpets regularly
- Keeping your pets off of furniture and out of your bedroom
If you have irritating allergies, you already know they can affect your life. They can keep you from doing the things you like, and worst of all, they may not be just seasonal. But now there’s help just a phone call away from your ENT specialists. Call today and get some relief from your allergies!
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