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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!

Do you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA) or have you met your deductible or out-of-pocket maximum for the year? Now is a good time to call to schedule your appointment and take advantage of your benefits!!!

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Many schools have declared that they are “nut-free,” meaning that the onetime staple of kids’ lunchboxes — a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — is nowhere to be found on school grounds these days. That’s because peanuts can cause a life-threatening reaction in some people. Peanuts don’t have to be consumed to cause problems; peanut proteins in the air can affect people who are sensitive. Peanuts are one of the food allergens most commonly associated with anaphylaxis, a sudden and potentially deadly condition that requires immediate attention and treatment.

There are several misconceptions about peanut allergies. A peanut is a legume (belonging to the same family as soybeans, peas and lentils), not a tree nut. And while it was previously believed that an allergy to peanuts was lifelong, research by the National Institutes of Health shows that about 20 percent of individuals with a peanut allergy eventually outgrow it.

Peanut Allergy Management and Treatment

  • Avoid peanut and peanut-derived products.
  • Administer epinephrine (adrenaline) to counter a severe reaction.

Symptoms

The most severe allergic reaction to peanuts is anaphylaxis — a life-threatening whole-body response to an allergen. Symptoms include impaired breathing, swelling in the throat, a sudden drop in blood pressure, pale skin or blue lips, fainting and dizziness and profuse vomiting. Unless treated immediately with epinephrine (adrenaline), typically administered in an auto-injector, anaphylaxis can be fatal.

Less severe symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin or hives, which can appear as small spots or large welts
  • An itching or tingling sensation in or around the mouth or throat
  • Nausea
  • A runny or congested nose

Diagnosis

Diagnosing a peanut allergy is usually simple and straightforward. If a child/adult has a reaction when eating a peanut/tree nut then an allergy evaluation should occur. An allergist will ususally do skin testing, which is safe and easy to perform. On some occasions a blood test (RAST) will be done to help confirm the diagnosis or give us more information about prognosis, who is likely to outgrow the allergy.

There are times when testing is inconclusive and your allergist will do a food challenge. While carefully monitoring the patient the doctor will give small amounts of the suspected allergy foods in increasing doses. This procedure can take 1-6 hours.

The most exciting news in the food allergy peanut world is that we can now prevent the development of peanut allergy. We are evaluating children who are at high risk of developing peanut allergy in the first 11 months of life. If the baby has eczema, egg allergy or has a sibling with a nut allergy we will do allergy skin tests for foods.

If the test is negative, then we will give a peanut butter challenge in the office and start the child on an allergist-supervised peanut diet. This has been shown to decrease peanut allergy by 85%.

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