Allergy symptoms can take many different forms. Sneezing or stuffiness of the nose accompanied by redness or itching of the eyes are classic allergic symptoms, but are not always due to allergies; they can be caused by other conditions such as a constant low-grade sinus infection, temperature changes, or reaction to smoke or fumes.
Listed below are common allergy symptoms and areas of your body affected:
- Nose/Sinus-sneezing, post-nasal drip, itching, congestion, and watery discharge
- Eyes-itching, redness, swelling, and dark circles
- Ears-recurrent infections, fluid in the middle ear, itching of the ear canal, and hearing impairment
- Lungs-shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and coughing
- Skin-itchy welts (hives), rash, and intense itching
- Digestive System-stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms associated with food allergy
Other symptoms sometimes caused by allergy are fatigue, headache, hyperactivity, and depression.
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Services
Otolaryngologists, also referred to as ENT doctors or ENTs, practice a wide range of skills, including diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face, and sleep disorders/apnea. These experts treat people of all ages from pediatric patients to adults. Hearing tests for newborns is an especially important procedure, providing a vital opportunity to identify and treat hearing problems.
At Ministry ENT departments, patients receive medical and surgical treatment of diseases, infections, injuries and disorders of the outer and inner ear, including hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus or ringing in the ear, along with complete allergy testing and immunotherapy.
For the nose, otolaryngologists treat chronic sinusitis, breathing problems, allergies and conditions affecting sense of smell.
In caring for throat-related conditions, ENT doctors manage diseases of the larynx and esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders and acid reflux.
ENTs also specialize in the areas of the head and neck, treating infectious diseases, benign and cancerous tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. Our patients also have access to both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery among our ENT services.