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Effective Allergy Treatment in Plano

Allergy is an often-inherited condition in which your immune system reacts to something you eat, touch or inhale that doesn’t affect most other people. Your immune system reacts to this substance as if it were an “enemy invader” (like a virus). This leads to symptoms that often adversely affect your work, play, rest and overall quality of life.

Allergens Cause Allergies

Any substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Allergens “invade” the body by being inhaled, swallowed or injected, or they may be absorbed through the skin. Common allergens include pollen, dust and mold.

How Common Are Allergies?

Allergies are among the nation’s most common and costly health problems. They affect as many as one in four people of all ages. More than 50 million Americans have allergic rhinitis. Americans spend over $5 billion yearly on antihistamines, decongestants, nasal cromolyn and nasal corticosteroids.

What Are the Symptoms?

People often think of allergies as “hay fever,” with sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause chronic “sinus” problems, excess nasal and throat drainage (postnasal drip), head congestion, frequent “colds,” hoarse voice, eczema (skin allergies), hives,  dizziness, chronic cough and asthma. Other symptoms may include:

  • Repeated sneezing
  • Nasal itching & rubbing
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Crease across bridge of nose
  • Frequent throat clearing,  sore throat
  • Mouth breathing
  • Diminished/lost sense of smell/taste
  • Recurrent, unexplained nosebleeds
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent sinus infection
  • Fluctuating hearing loss
  • Stomach & intestinal problems
  • Cold-like symptoms >10 days
  • Symptoms recur same time each year
  • Chronic fatigue

Symptoms can range from minor to severe. There is no “usual” way for an allergy to begin; the onset may be sudden or gradual. Often, symptoms develop following an unusual stress to your immune symptom, such as a severe viral infection.

Can You Outgrow an Allergy?

No, but it is common for allergic symptoms to affect you differently as you transition from childhood to adulthood. If you had recurrent ear infections as a baby, you may develop different allergic symptoms such as hay fever or asthma as an adult.

How We Make the Diagnosis

We make our initial allergy diagnosis by looking at your medical history and performing a thorough physical examination. In some cases to confirm a diagnosis and treat you effectively, we may do testing to identify your specific offending allergens.

Information on this page is based on information provided by AAOA (American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy).

Dr. Steven Peskind, an ear, nose, throat and allergy specialist (allergist), has over 20 years in helping diagnose and conservatively manage your allergy and sinus complaints. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.


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Steven Peskind, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT) and allergy specialist located at 5957 Dallas Parkway, Suite #100 in Plano, TX 75093. Call 972-596-2552 or fax to 972-964-7209.

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