Welcome to the Allergy Department of Hunterdon Otolaryngology and Allergy Associates. Allergies are the most common diseases of the ears, nose and throat. Your ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist can diagnose and treat allergies affecting the ears, nose and throat. This makes the Otolaryngologist uniquely qualified to select appropriate therapy.
By incorporating allergy testing and treatment into our ear, nose and throat practice, we are able to treat our patients much more effectively. If patients are experiencing nasal congestion, post nasal drainage, rhinitis or frequent sinus infection, we can explore whether allergies might be an underlying cause of these symptoms. Our allergy management affords complete preventative and therapeutic care of allergy diseases including environmental and food allergies.
Allergy is a condition, often inherited, in which the immune system of the affected person reacts to something eaten or in the environment that doesn’t affect most other people. People often think of allergy as only “hay fever,” with sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic sinus problems, postnasal drip, head congestion, frequent colds, recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, chronic cough and asthma. Even stomach and intestinal problems, many skin rashes, chronic headaches and fatigue can be symptoms of allergy.
WHAT IS AN ALLERGY?
An allergy is your body’s reaction to a substance it cannot tolerate. It may be a seasonal reaction to something in the air, or an ongoing reaction to something in your environment.
Normally, your body’s immune system produces antibodies to protect you from foreign substances. But if you are allergic, you produce too much of the antibody, IgE. This releases harmful chemicals throughout your body, which causes your specific allergy symptoms.
WHO GETS ALLERGIES?
Allergies can happen to anyone. They are not limited to age, sex or geographic locations. You do not have to be born with an allergy to be allergic. You can, at any time and for no obvious reason, become allergic to something that has never bothered you before.