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Fall Allergies: Fact or Fiction?

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, representing a cost of more than $18 billion annually.  In addition, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. 

Fall allergy symptoms are enough to make anyone miserable. Don’t compound your problem by falling prey to common allergy myths.

We’ve compiled some of the most common allergy misconceptions. Can you separate fact from fiction?


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A Step-by-Step Guide to Allergy Treatment

Recently, Raleigh, NC was listed as one of the top 100 most challenging places to live if you have allergies.  The list is part of an annual report compiled by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. The ranking takes into account factors such as pollen count and medication utilization. Raleigh ranked #88, while Durham clocked in at #57.  (In case you’re curious, Jackson, Mississippi earned the dubious #1 “honor.”) Of course, this top 100 ranking will come as no surprise to Triangle residents who suffer through allergy season with sore throats and runny noses.  If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. 

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If You Have Allergies, You Should Know These Four Facts

More than 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies, making them the sixth leading cause of chronic illnesses in the United States, costing more than $18 billion. That certainly brings a different perspective to the runny noses and watery eyes that plague Raleigh’s spring and fall. However, are you aware that allergies can put you at risk for other health problems? Or that the source of your allergy woes may be lurking in your living room?

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Four Effective Treatments for Children’s Allergies

No parents want to see their children miss out on the fun activities of spring and summer because of sniffling, sneezing and a sore throat.  If these happen at the same time every year, your child may have seasonal allergies. If they battle these symptoms year round, they may have chronic allergies. The good news is that physicians at Raleigh Capitol Ear Nose and Throat have expertise in helping children overcome their seasonal or chronic allergies. Each treatment is carefully tailored to fit your child’s needs. Following are four effective treatments for children's allergies. 

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Four Common Causes of a Stuffy Nose

No one is immune to one of the most common medical aliments in the world: a stuffy nose. Many things can cause it, from structural abnormalities to irritation from dust or dander. Only your ear nose and throat doctor can determine the precise cause of a stuffy nose, but following are some of the most common causes and some tips to keep you healthy.

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Four Causes of Chronic Sinus Problems

Triangle residents are all too familiar with Raleigh’s beltline traffic. When everything runs smoothly, cars zip easily to their destinations. Now imagine that a lane is closed. Traffic slows, transforming your drive into a frustrating delay. Something similar happens with a chronic sinus infection. When your sinuses are irritated or swollen, nasal passageways swell, preventing drainage. This causes a “traffic jam” in your nose, which causes irritation or infection. See four common causes of sinus problems and how to resolve or manage them.

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Don’t Like Needles? Why Sublingual Immunotherapy Is an Alternative to Allergy Shots

Imagine allergy relief with no needles required. For millions of Americans, immunotherapy eliminates problems with year-round allergies. It’s sometimes referred to as “allergy shots.” But did you know that there is an allergy treatment that doesn't require shots? Whether you dislike needles yourself or are the parent of a child who is uncomfortable with needles, this treatment may be right for you! Read on to discover more about SLIT.

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What is Allergy Skin Testing and How Can It Help You?

Did a runny nose keep you from going on that weekend hike? Perhaps a scratchy throat or watery eyes put a damper on your vacation. Seasonal allergies are not only an inconvenience, but they also keep you from enjoying the activities you love. If this sounds familiar, the good news is there’s hope. Through allergy testing, your ear, nose and throat physician learns more about your specific allergy and is able to develop a customized plan for you.

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Is Immunotherapy Right for You? Answer These Questions to Find Out

For thousands of Americans, there is no relief from allergy season because for them, “allergy season” lasts throughout the entire year. If you’re one of these Americans, and you’re tired of popping allergy pills year-round (and repeated visits to the ear, nose and throat doctor to combat infections), you may be a candidate for immunotherapy. See why.

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Sublingual Immunotherapy

As spring has arrived in the Triangle, we thought that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) would be a timely topic for our second blog post. As opposed to allergy shots, SLIT consists of allergy drops placed under the tongue. SLIT has been popular in Europe for years and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. SLIT has an excellent safety profile so patients can do the treatment at home. The advantage for needle phobic patients is obvious. While SLIT is an attractive option for some patients, there are also some disadvantages. SLIT is not yet FDA approved in the United States and most insurance companies consider SLIT an alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Patients are responsible for the cost of the serum. Optimal dosing in SLIT is an area of controversy. At Raleigh ENT, we follow dosing protocols advocated by the American Academy of Otolargngic Allergy. Finally, while many studies show that SLIT is an effective treatment, there is still some question whether SLIT is equall ...

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