Allergies are a recurrent problem affecting more than 50 million Americans each year. Allergies are an exaggerated physical response by the body to substances that commonly occur in our environment. This abnormal response occurs when a person is exposed or sensitized to a substance that they are allergic to. Allergen substances may be inhaled from our environment, eaten in our food, or physically contacted. Common inhalant allergens include pollen, dust, mold, and animal dander. Common classes of food allergy include milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, corn, shellfish, and yeast. Allergy symptoms may present as itchy/watery eyes, dark circles under eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itching of nose/ears/palate, post-nasal drip, scratchy throat, hoarseness, or cough. Allergies can be related to recurrent ear infections, fluid in the middle ear, hearing changes, fatigue, headache, eczema, GI disturbances, asthma, sleep disturbances, and impaired mood. Allergies are usually not life threatening, but can cause considerable inconvenience to an individual’s quality of life.
At Superior Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists of Marquette we provide care to Upper Peninsula residents who suffer from seasonal or perennial allergies. Allergy evaluations are based on patient history and physical symptoms. Allergy testing provides additional information to plan individual patient treatments. We offer assistance in allergen identification, allergen avoidance measures, medication management, injection immunotherapy, and sublingual therapy. We follow the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommendations. www.aaoaf.org
Please click on the links listed below for additional information.
- Treatment for Allergies
- Methods of Allergy Testing
- Medications to Avoid before Allergy Testing
- Environmental Allergen Controls
- Allergy Forms - Two Week Food Diary
*Allergy clinic shot hours are posted on a monthly basis.