Allergy Testing and Treatment
The evaluation in our Allergy Testing and Treatment Center starts with a detailed history an physical exam and painless allergy test. Dr. Swerdlin is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor) with advanced training in nasal and respiratory allergies. He is a Fellow and Examiner of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy involved in training other allergists. He has extensive training and experience in managing allergies. Seasonal and Perennial allergic rhinitis produce frustrating symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, post nasal drip, recurring sinus infections, sinus pressure and headache. The treatments we offer include the revolutionary Allergy Drops, Allergy shots, and Cryotherapy. These treatment options can relieve you of these symptoms and free you up to be clear, rested, and healthy.
Allergy Treatment Options:
- Medical Therapy
- Non-surgical office procedures for allergy symptoms
- Allergy Shots (SCIT) Therapy
- Allergy Testing
- Allergy Drops (SLIT) Therapy
- Surgical Therapy for allergy conditions
The evaluation in our Allergy Testing and Treatment Center starts with a detailed history and physical exam by Dr. Swerdlin. Dr. Swerdlin is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor). He has extensive training and experience in managing allergies. Seasonal and Perennial allergic rhinitis produce frustrating symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, post nasal drip, recurring sinus infections, sinus pressure and headache. The treatments we offer can relieve you of these symptoms and free you up to be clear, rested, and healthy.
It is critical to be evaluated by a board-certified ENT doctor at the time of your initial evaluation to avoid missing a diagnosis that would make your allergy therapy ineffective. A deviated septum, chronic sinus infection, nasal polyps, nasal tumors, and other issues can all produce allergy-like symptoms and they must be treated along with your allergies.
Allergy Blood Test
Management of allergies has advanced tremendously with RAST (radioallergosorbent) testing. This fast reliable blood test can identify your specific allergies. Allergy testing can allow Dr. Swerdlin to identify the patient’s allergies without the need for skin testing.
Skin Allergy Test
We also perform allergy skin testing in our office. Allergy skin testing is much easier and better tolerable with multi-prick testing equipment. This allows for multiple allergy tests to be placed safely and reliably at one time WITHOUT THE NEED FOR NEEDLES! This offers the ability to perform your allergy test on the day of your visit for rapid and accurate results.
Allergy Drop Therapy (SLIT – Sublingual Immunotherapy)
Our office offers the convenience and safety of allergy drop therapy. This form of immunotherapy is given with a custom suspension of the allergens the patient reacts to made into a small vial. Allergy Drops are taken once a day under the tongue to reduce the patient’s allergic response. No needles, no trip to the doctor, and effective for kids and adults. Safe for asthmatic patients and also for patients on Beta Blockers that normally cannot have shot therapy.
Allergy Shot Therapy
We also offer traditional allergy shot, also known as SCIT (subcutaneous Immunotherapy, in our office. A custom serum is made for our patients in our office and the patient arrives at a convenient time weekly for their allergy injection. Treatment will typically escalate the strength of the therapy over the first 2 years and will reach maintenance. With this form of immunotherapy, most patients can stop therapy after 3 years and have lifelong relief.
Medical Therapy For Allergies
In addition to allergy drops or allergy shots, there are now many safe effective medications that we can use. It’s Dr. Swerdlin’s deep understanding of how these different treatments compliment each other and how they change specific symptoms that allow him to create the perfect balance of therapies for our patients. Some of the most common effective medications include the following:
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Antihistamine sprays
- Oral antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors
- Saline rinses
- New modern immunoglobulin therapies
Many holistic therapies can also add benefit as well.
Non-Surgical Sinus Treatment
Sinus pressure and recurring infections can persist for patients even with excellent allergy therapy. Dr. Swerdlin can additionally offer simple, non-surgical office procedures to offer further relief. The many advanced procedures detailed in our Sinus and Nasal Center can offer significant relief of allergy symptoms.
Balloon Sinus Dilation
During your Balloon Sinus Dilation treatment, we place a small sinus balloon into the blocked sinus cavity. It can increase the ability of the sinuses to drain properly when your allergies are flaring by inflating the balloon to help dilate the blocked tracts. This relieves the sinus pressure, headache, and drainage.
Surgical Therapy For Allergy Conditions
Nasal blockage and congestion can also persist despite your allergy therapy. Septal deviation crowds the nasal cavity making the allergy therapy not as effective as it should be. The following procedures can also be performed to relieve the nasal congestion and thick post nasal drainage.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about our allergy testing and treatment, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (262) 652-2887.