Breathe Free - The risks of testing and treatment outside of your ENT’s office
Your allergy testing results and treatment are only as good as the place you get it done. As allergy testing has become more popular there are more people entering the allergy testing business. However, there are many factors involved in testing for allergies. Our board-certified professionals offer high quality testing as part of an overall health plan rather than just testing for allergies, giving you one treatment option, and sending you on your way. At Gulf Coast Breathe Free we put our decades of experience to work to make sure that we give you a whole view of your allergies and sinus issues.
Allergy tests should be more in depth than just performing a few pricks. We will be able to understand how your body works and responds to each allergen. This will allow us to accurately measure how your body reacts and put together a unique treatment plan that will reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms. We have enough experience to know when an allergy test might be showing a rare false positive (when you react to something you're not actually allergic to) or rare false negative (when you don't react to something you are allergic to). There are also times in which an allergy may be identified but not have a negative impact on the body. Therefore, you should only trust highly trained ENT professionals. We have the experience to understand the results and develop a treatment plan that is unique to you.
Your treatment plan may include any of the following:
Allergy Medication - Over the counter or prescription medications may be used to control your symptoms depending on their severity and your overall goals. These will not treat your allergies, but they may help control the symptoms.
Allergy Immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops) - If you want to treat your allergies in the long term rather than just controlling symptoms, immunotherapy should be something you consider. During immunotherapy, your body is introduced to a little of your allergen over a long period of time to “retrain” your body to identify it as harmless.
This is the only form of treatment that treats your allergies rather than controlling symptoms.
Medical Procedures - Allergy sufferers are normally impacted by other sinus issues that make their allergy symptoms worse. This can be anything from sinus infections, sleep disruption, and other issues that impact the ear, nose, or throat. The safe, affordable, and non-invasive treatment options for your medical needs can go hand-in-hand with your allergy plan in order to complete a comprehensive solution.