Allergy Treatment: Solutions That Last
It’s time to take control of the coughing, sneezing, headaches, skin conditions, breathing issues, and other symptoms that dominate your daily life. They reduce your overall quality of life as they rob you of the focus and energy that you need. The good news is that treatment is possible and long lasting solutions are achievable.
The expert team of specialists at Red River ENT will customize an action plan for you. We have the technology, training, and skills to fully understand your specific situation. Best of all, treatment is safe, affordable, and highly effective.
In Alexandria and across central Louisiana, allergy season is a year-round battle that you cannot avoid. Take control today and enjoy a life free of allergies.
Diagnosis: Recognizing Your Unique Allergy Profile
The key to overall allergy health starts with high quality testing. Your allergies are as unique as you are and testing provides the data to build a custom treatment plan. In order to understand if you have food, environmental, or animal allergies, testing must be comprehensive and accurate. The process of testing involves gradually exposing you to tiny amounts of allergens that trigger most known allergies. Our trained professionals will closely monitor the skin’s reaction to ensure your safety and comfort as well as determine exactly what allergies your body responds to.
In addition to allergy testing, an extensive review of your medical history will ensure that your action plan is designed for success. Your immune system, other medical conditions, and health goals are distinctive features that must be addressed in your custom plan.
A proper diagnosis will result in a powerful plan of action. This step is critical to ensure that your treatment is safe, effective, and designed for success. You can trust the expert care at Red River ENT because we understand that no treatment will fully work unless it is unique to you.
Allergy Treatment Options: Don’t Settle for Someone Else’s Treatment Plan
No one else has your exact allergy profile and no one else has your medical history. No other person lives on your budget, shares your schedule, or works toward your goals. So don’t accept a treatment plan that is not specifically designed to address your needs, meet your goals, work according to your schedule, and fit in your budget. Our team will discuss all of your options so that you can choose a treatment plan that works for you.
The team at Red River ENT will design a customized solution that:
- Works on your budget
- Understands your busy schedule
- Makes life more enjoyable
- Safely treats your specific allergy issues
- Effectively deals with your unique symptoms
- Gets directly to the root of your underlying allergy problems
- Is built to last and provides long term relief
Your specific treatment plan may include a unique combination of the following allergy treatment options. These options can be fine tuned for year-round and seasonal allergy treatments.
Allergy Medications: Addressing the Symptoms
Allergy symptoms are the most difficult aspects of your condition because they have the greatest impact on your daily life. Medication can be an effective solution to help reduce or eliminate mild, moderate, and severe allergy symptoms. Medications are not new, many have been safely treating symptoms for decades. Clinical research has also helped bring new generations of medications that have improved effectiveness in treating symptoms such as:
- Nasal/head congestion
- Chest congestion
Medications can be safe and often provide quick relief. They also contribute to your overall quality of life by reducing the allergen’s impact on your daily activities. Modern clinical research has given us many options including decongestants, corticosteroids, and antihistamines that target specific symptoms and come in many forms, including:
- Nasal spray
- Skin cream
- Liquid solution
- Eye drops
Allergy treatment medicine is a safe, effective, and budget-friendly solution that can fit within your overall plan of action. Medication can be a short-term solution to manage symptoms or a long-term program to help your overall wellness. Any treatment plan that involves medication will involve an extensive look at your medical history to ensure that it does not impact other underlying conditions or cause side effects. Our team will take everything into account and give you the guidance that you need to make the most informed and goal oriented decision for your allergy needs.
Immunotherapy: Going Beyond Symptom Relief
Treating symptoms can provide relief, but if you want to find long-term relief then a customized immunotherapy plan may be the best solution for you. In order to understand how this can reduce or eliminate underlying allergies, it is important to know how an allergic reaction works.
Your immune system protects you every moment of every day from any number of germs, bacteria, pollutants, and other foreign substances that can cause damage to your body. However, this protective system sometimes reacts to a harmless substance. The body’s response to this harmless substance is the swelling, itching, sneezing, and other reactions that we commonly refer to as an allergy attack. If your goal is to reduce or eliminate your underlying allergies then we must reprogram the body to respond appropriately to harmless substances.
This process involves exposing yourself to tiny amounts of specific allergens over a period of time. With each safe exposure, your body learns that the substance is harmless. As the doses increase over time, you will find that your allergy symptoms are reduced and it may be possible to eliminate some allergies completely.
In order to have effective immunotherapy, you must have a plan that specifically targets your exact allergy issues. After detailed testing, you can choose from the two most common forms of therapy: allergy drops or allergy shots. Both types are effective and have provided safe allergy solutions for many years. You have the option to choose the specific treatment plan that works for your unique situation.
The most common and oldest form of allergy therapy involves allergy shots. This option has been safely used for more than a century and has provided relief for generations of allergy sufferers.
Each treatment injection is a customized mixture of allergens that are specific to you. The amount of the allergen is critical, because there must be just enough to prompt an immune response, but not enough to trigger an attack.
Treatment plans involving shots will require regular visits to the doctor’s office so that your shots can be safely given by a medical professional. This is critical to ensuring that the dose is delivered correctly as well as to protect you from a rare adverse reaction. Allergy shot needles are very small and there is very little discomfort. Shots can result in quick symptom reduction which may be noticed after just a few treatments. Eventually you will begin to experience long-term relief and in some cases total elimination of allergies is possible.
Allergy Drops: Effective and Convenient
Allergy drops work through the same scientific principles as allergy shots. This modern allergy treatment option replaces the needle with a simple drop that is placed under the tongue. The solution in the drop also contains safe amounts of your specific allergens. Unlike shots, allergy drops do not require a doctor’s visit and therefore have a number of unique advantages. Allergy drops allow you to maintain control of:
- Your place: You can have successful allergy treatment at home, at the office, or any place that works for you.
- Your schedule: Allergy drops can be taken when it is convenient for you.
- Your comfort: Allergy drops eliminate discomfort of shots.
Take Action Today
Living in central Louisiana means that your allergies rarely take a break. Allergy season is year-round in Alexandria and Rapides Parish and you need to choose a professional team that can empower you to live life to the fullest. Red River ENT will develop a custom plan for food allergies, seasonal allergies, environmental and animal allergies. We also have effective treatments for allergy-induced asthma that work toward prevention while being prepared for rescue.
Our reputation is built on decades of experience in creating allergy treatment options that are safe, effective, affordable, and designed to meet your unique needs. Contact Red River ENT Associates today and feel confident that you will receive the most professional, compassionate, and individualized care. Take control of your allergies today with a solution that lasts!