Allergy Treatment in Philadelphia, PA Area
and Surrounding Areas
What are Allergies?
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
- Insect stings
How Allergies Affect your Ears, Nose and Throat
- One of the most common medical problems in children is otitis media, or middle ear infection. These infections are especially common in early childhood. They are even more common when children suffer from allergic rhinitis as well. Allergic inflammation can cause swelling in the nose and around the opening of the ear canal. The swelling has potential to interfere with drainage of the middle ear. When bacteria laden discharge clogs the tube, infection is more likely.
- Allergies can cause enough inflammation that the opening to the sinuses is obstructed. A bacterial sinus infection occurs as a result. Allergens that are breathed in can often cause a stuffy nose, itchy nose and throat, mucus production, cough, or wheezing.
- Various allergens may also lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to “post-nasal drip.” It can lead to cough, sore throats, and a husky voice. Although more common in older people and in dry inland climates, thick, dry mucus can also irritate the throat and be hard to clear. Air conditioning, winter heating, and dehydration can aggravate the condition as well.
The best way to avoid your symptoms is to avoid what causes your allergies in the first place. With help from your ENT, you can successfully control and alleviate your allergy symptoms. Your ENT will perform various tests in order to come to a proper diagnosis, allowing you to breathe easily. .