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Allergy and Asthma in the Greater Columbus Area

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Allergy Tips from our Columbus Allergists

Allergies can make life difficult, and it’s important to develop habits that reduce your exposure to allergens. Our Columbus allergists have put together a collection of tips so that you can help to avoid allergens.

Handling Symptoms: When suffering from allergy symptoms, taking some time to handle the symptoms can make the rest of your day easier.

  1. Allergy symptoms can take a big toll on your well-being. If you’re having trouble with allergies, go inside and rest; overdoing it and running around when you feel bad will only make you feel worse.
  2. Gargling with salt water can soothe a sore or scratchy throat, treat your nasal allergies to decrease mucus drainage and sore throat.
  3. Try a saline nasal rinse (either with a neti pot or rinse bottle), which helps clear allergens that collect in your nasal membranes, minimizing symptoms. ONLY USE DISTILLED WATER. Don’t use water straight from the tap- it's not safe!
  4. Antihistamines come in pill, liquid or nasal spray form. They can relieve sneezing and itching in the nose and eyes. They also reduce a runny nose and, to a lesser extent, nasal stuffiness.
  5. Decongestants are available as pills, liquids, nasal sprays or drops. They help shrink the lining of the nasal passages and relieve nasal stuffiness. Use decongestants for no more than a few days, if you need them longer, see your Columbus allergist
  6. Nasal corticosteroids are a type of nasal spray. They reduce inflammation in the nose and block allergic reactions. They are the most effective medicine for hay fever because they can reduce all symptoms, including nasal congestion.

General Allergy Tips:

  1. Good allergy treatment can include three different treatment strategies: avoidance of allergens, medications, and/or immunotherapy (allergy shots). If you find yourself unable to avoid allergens, you may need medication. If medication isn’t helping enough, you may want to look into immunotherapy.
  2. If your allergy is seasonal, start taking your allergy medication before the season begins. Most allergy medicines work more effectively this way.
  3. You can live a normal life despite having allergies. If you’re not sure what to do, see your Columbus allergist for treatment and guidance.

Pollen Allergies: A sensitivity to pollen is one of the most common allergies our Columbus allergists see. If you are allergic to pollen, we recommend some specific tips.

  1. Remove your shoes outside the door and throw your clothes in the hamper after you spend time outside on a high pollen day.
  2. Shower at night to wash off any lingering pollen from your body and hair before you get into bed.
  3. Have a dog or outdoor cat? Wipe their paws and fur when they enter your home too, since pollen can cling to them.
  4. Check pollen counts in the morning and try to stay indoors when they're high.
  5. If you're allergic to pollen, keep your windows closed and run an air conditioner.
  6. Use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter attachment. This applies to your home and any vehicle.
  7. Wash your bedding with hot water once a week to prevent allergens from collecting there each night.
  8. Wear sunglasses and a hat. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes and off your hair.
  9. Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line.
  10. Pollen counts are usually highest in the morning, between 5:00am and 10:00am, so limiting your outside exposure during those times can be extremely helpful for diminishing your allergy symptoms. Limit exposure on mornings that are especially warm and dry; these will usually be the high pollen count days.

Nasal & Sinus in Columbus, OH

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Nasal & Sinus 

The ENTs at Ohio ENT & Allergy Physicians are experts in nasal and sinus treatment. We diagnose and treat sinus disease, nasal polyps, nasal obstructions, stuffy and runny noses, nose bleeds and much more.

Sinusitis and Sinus Surgery

If you suffer from cold or allergy symptoms that won’t go away, you may have sinusitis. Sinusitis can be painful. An ENT surgeon can work with you to determine the cause of your sinusitis and how to handle it. In some cases, you may need sinus surgery.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps can occur from chronic inflammation due to a wide variety of circumstances. Larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or lead to breathing problems, a lost sense of smell, and frequent infections. Nasal polyps are usually treated with medication, but sometimes sinus surgery is necessary to remove them.

Get the Best Nasal & Sinus Treatment

If you’re suffering from a cold or allergy symptoms that won’t go away, you could be suffering from sinusitis – a painful, disruptive condition that can affect your quality of life. This is a very common health condition that our ENTs treat. If you’re in need of sinus treatment or sinus surgery, visit one of our ENTs at Ohio ENT & Allergy Physicians in the greater Columbus, OH area.

Ears & Hearing Care in the Greater Columbus, OH area

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How an Ear Specialist Can Help You

Whether you are having troubles hearing, losing your balance or are suffering from a painful ear infection, an ENT and/or audiologist is the ear specialist you need from Ohio ENT & Allergy Physicians. An ear specialist can assist you by treating ear infections, testing for a hearing loss, clearing excessive ear wax, treating tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and more.

Sleep Disorder Treatment in the Greater Columbus, OH Area

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Sleep Disorder Treatment in Ohio

Do you have trouble getting a full night of sleep? Have you been told that you snore? You could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Those with OSA have airways that repeatedly collapse when throat muscles relax during sleep, blocking the flow of air. The disease causes snoring and choking or gasping during sleep. Because sleep is interrupted, people with OSA usually are sleepy during the day and sometimes feel irritable, forgetful, unable to concentrate or less alert. Often people with OSA don't know they have the disorder.

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

If you are concerned that you have a sleeping disorder, please request an appointment with one of our Specialists today!

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For many of us, food allergies are just a fact of life. Aside from hoping to outgrow a food allergy, the only way to prevent an allergic reaction to a food is by avoiding it. But if there is a food that you or your children love, and it contains an allergen, what can you do?

Fortunately, plenty of people around the over have worked on substitutions for common food allergens that get used as ingredients. We have collected some suggestions for these below.

Substitutions for Corn Allergies

Corn kernels themselves are easy to remove from recipes, but corn is also used to create a wide variety of different ingredients, including:

  • Corn oil
  • Corn syrup
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract

For both corn oil and corn syrup, we recommend seeking out alternative oils / syrups for your food. Olive oil is a common substitute for corn oil in meals, and honey is a simple substitute for corn syrup. If you want to go simple with your syrup replacement, you can instead dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar into 1 cup of water and use that instead.

Cornstarch is used to thicken foods, which is part of the reason it is included in both baking powder and powdered sugar. In general, you will want to replace cornstarch with a different kind of starchy ingredient. Most of these ingredients aren’t as strong as cornstarch, so you may need to add additional cook time and/or more starch. Some common inclusions:

  • 2:1 potato starch, rice starch, or tapioca starch
  • 1:1 arrowroot starch (the food may need to be cooked slightly longer)
  • 3:1 wheat (the food should be cooked much longer, or it will taste like wheat)

You can get 1 cup of powdered sugar substitute by mixing 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 Tbsp of potato starch in a food processor. You can also switch out 1 Tsp of baking powder for 1/4 Tsp of baking soda along with 5/8 Tsp of cream of tartar (you can use a generous 1/2 Tsp instead if 5/8 is too hard to measure out).

Vanilla extract is also commonly laden with corn. Corn-based alcohol is used to dissolve the extract in liquid form, while vanilla powder is usually laced with cornstarch. Some vanilla extracts are even sweetened with corn syrup. A store near you may sell corn-free vanilla extract, but this isn’t common. The simplest route is just to sweeten your food with a little sugar in lieu adding vanilla flavor.

Substitutions for Egg Allergies

Eggs play a key role in the preparation of many baked goods, and they are very good at what they do. Most replacements can only compensate for one aspect of the egg, which means you need to be tactical when choosing your egg substitutes. We have broken down our egg replacements into three categories: binding, leavening, and browning.

The binding properties of eggs are useful when making dense foods, such as brownies and drop cookies. These properties can be replicated with other thick liquids. We recommend the following substitutes for 1 egg:

  • 1/4 cup of pureed fruit. Unsweetened applesauce is a common candidate. You can also use mashed bananas. It takes about 1/2 of your average banana to make 1/4 cup of fruit.
  • 1/4 cup of pureed tofu. Tofu is essentially flavorless, but makes the resulting product denser than most other substitutes.
  • 3-1/2 Tbsp of prepared gelatin. Create the gelatin from powder and then use that as your binding agent – Don’t pour in 3-1/2 tablespoons of powder!
  • 1 Tbsp of finely-ground flaxseed alongside 3 Tbsp of water. Stir these ingredients together and let them sit for a minute or two before you use them. Flaxseed gives a nutty flavor which isn’t always popular.

Eggs are also useful as leavening agents, helping baked goods such as cakes rise during the cooking process. For this, substitutes like applesauce and tofu aren’t going to help you. We recommend the following substitutes for 1 egg.

  • 1 Tsp of baking soda and 1 Tbsp of white vinegar, mixed separately
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil, 1-1/2 Tbsp water, and 1 Tsp baking powder mixed together.
  • 1 Tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup of warm water.

Unlike egg, these substitutes will start reacting immediately. Once you add them to your recipe, get the mixture into the oven as quickly as possible so that leavening can occur while your food is cooking.

Lastly, eggs can be used for browning (also called glazing). A recipe may call for eggs whites to be brushed onto a baked good before it is cooked, which gives the food a golden brown color. You can replicate this using the same quantity of melted margarine.

Commercial Egg Replacements

There are also egg replacements available in grocery stores. The most popular egg replacements is   Ener-G, but other brands are starting to join in. Make sure to check the ingredients on your egg replacement before you buy it – some are just intended to be healthier alternatives to eggs (such as just the egg white), as opposed to truly egg-free products. These egg replacements are generally mixed with water, and can be used as both binding and leavening agents. The proteins in these replacements lose their usefulness after they are activated, so make sure to put them in your recipe as soon as you prepare them!

Substitutions for Milk Allergies

Substitutions for Nut Allergies

Substitutions for Soy Allergies

Substitutions for Wheat Allergies