Ah, fall. It’s the perfect time to get outside for long walks, hikes, and gardening. But that “ah” can quickly become “achoo” if you’re one of the 36 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Allergic reactions vary for each person, some have very mild reactions, others very severe. But regardless of the severity of the reaction, allergy management is necessary to prevent the consequences of long-term untreated allergies; such as recurrent sinusitis, turbinate enlargement, ear infections, and formation of nasal polyps.
The only way to truly treat your seasonal allergies is to first undergo allergy testing to determine your allergy triggers. Once you’re aware of your allergy triggers, you can reduce your exposure; however many allergens are impossible to avoid. And while avoidance can temporarily help your fall allergy symptoms, it does not address the long-term issue. Immunotherapy is the go-to allergy treatment, but other procedures such as Balloon Sinuplasty, or Radio-Frequency Turbinate Reduction treat the secondary effects of long-term allergies as well.
Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is the primary option for treating the cause of your allergic response, rather than only treating symptoms. Immunotherapy works by slowly introducing small amounts of an allergen into your body. This process works by eventually allowing you to be exposed to the triggers, without resulting in an allergic response. Dr. Pasha is a certified Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician and offers two Immunotherapy treatment options- Home Immunotherapy or Sublingual Immunotherapy. The at-home immunotherapy program teaches you how to perform immunotherapy on yourself. Sublingual Immunotherapy, or Allergy Drops, is a form of immunotherapy which does not require injections. Instead, allergen drops are placed under the tongue for a few minutes to be absorbed. This treatment option can also be continued at home.
Balloon Sinuplasty may be considered as a treatment option for those who have recurrent sinus infections, which can be a direct result of long-term untreated allergies. This in-office procedure finds the openings of the sinuses with microscopic endoscopes, and once identified, a small balloon is slowly inflated then removed to open the blocked sinus. This opening allows for sinuses to drain. The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure causes minimal pain and recovery and is significantly less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Dr. Pasha is most known as a pioneer of in-office Balloon Sinuplasty. He participated and published the initial research to refine Balloon Sinuplasty and has become one of the most experienced in this technique.
Radio-Frequency Turbinate Reduction addresses the most common source of nasal obstruction, the turbinates. Turbinates are fleshy walls located on the inside of the nose. Turbinates become enlarged from chronic untreated allergies, and can lead to nasal airway obstruction. Dr. Pasha has developed his own technique to reduce enlarged turbinates using radiofrequency, which shakes up the cells and causes the turbinate to dry and scar. The procedure causes very little pain and recovery is instant, so normal activity can be resumed the same day. After a few weeks, the outside layer of the turbinate will begin to crust, shed, and reduce in size, which allows you to breathe more easily.
Before a proper treatment option can be determined, allergy management always begins with an allergy test. If you’re ready to finally find a long-term solution for your allergies, make an appointment today with Dr. Pasha. We’ll help you finally become allergy-free.