Frequently Asked Questions

“Sinus” and “Allergy” are often used interchangeably to describe chronic allergic rhinitis. Symptoms include sinus congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, and post nasal drip.
Yes. Up to 90% of asthma in children has an allergic component. By middle age, other factors including smoke, pollution and chemicals, start to significantly affect someone’s ability to breathe.
Skin testing involves a poke on the back with a small plastic instrument per allergen tested, and sometimes a few tests on the arm similar to a Tb skin test. The needle used in allergy shots is smaller than those used for most childhood vaccinations (less painful). Most patients tolerate skin testing and allergy shots very well.
Both. Dr, Patel is specially trained to see kids and adults.
Skin testing for allergies offers immediate results which are clearly visible on the skin within minutes. Blood tests for allergies, often called RAST or ImmunoCap RAST, provide only the level of antibody to a given allergen in someone’s blood, which may or may not translate to real symptoms. It is generally reserved for patients unable to stop antihistamines or patients who cannot be skin tested.
Allergy shots are the most effective treatment for sinus allergies, eye allergies, allergic asthma and stinging insect allergies. Shots are the only form of treatment that can actually reverse the allergic process, essentially “fixing” most of someone’s allergies, rather than just temporarily treating the symptoms with medication. Without allergy shots, it is unlikely patients will “outgrow” their allergies.

“Rhinitis” is a descriptive term meaning “inflammation of the nose.” Allergic patients have sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, as well as itchy, red, and watery eyes. The immune system of these patients is over‐reacting to airborne allergens.

Allergic patients often have inflammation of the eyes, causing itchy, red, watery eyes. Rubbing the eyes will only aggravate symptoms. Artificial tears will lubricate, cleanse, and may soothe inflamed eyes, but antihistamine eye drops will help the itching. Your doctor may need to prescribe something stronger.

Microscopic particles (allergens) are inhaled into the nose and bind to allergic antibodies that are attached to the surface of mast cells. Mast cells contain histamine, which, when released into the nasal tissue, causes the characteristic symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Common triggers of allergy symptoms include pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds, mold spores, dust mites, and animal dander. Allergy Skin Testing is done to detect allergic sensitivity to these allergens. Some people are allergic to foods and stinging insect venoms, but these allergens don’t usually cause nasal symptoms.

Common sense tells us that avoidance is the best way to reduce or even eliminate symptoms. Keeping a dust‐ free home and pets outdoors (always!) is a great start! Molds should also be eliminated. Of course, pollens are more difficult to avoid. Medications and allergy injections may be helpful when allergens cannot be fully avoided.

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