Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists provide allergy evaluation, testing, avoidance counselling, and immunotherapy treatment.
Allergy problems can be treated in a variety of ways including avoidance, medications or immunotherapy (allergy shots or sublingual drops). Some problems related to allergy such as sinus infections and nasal obstruction can also be treated with surgery. Our physicians are uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat all of these medical problems, no matter which course of treatment is preferable to our patient. Our physicians are fellowship trained by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy which specializes in ENT Allergy.
Initial evaluation begins with a consultation with any of our ENT providers to ensure that you don’t have underlying conditions which require treatment prior to allergy evaluation. When appropriate, you would be scheduled for a two-hour skin testing session with our Allergy nurse which includes extensive counseling about allergy causes, symptoms and treatment options. If you are found to have environmental allergies (allergens), you have the choice of beginning Immunotherapy (IT), more commonly called allergy shots.
Allergy immunotherapy is a technique to treat allergies by decreasing your sensitivity to the allergens which were identified by your skin test. By injecting gradually increasing doses of your allergens into your body on a regular basis, we will attempt to train your immune system to tolerate these substances which are causing you to feel miserable. With time and perseverance we can often reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms, wean you comfortably off allergy medications, reduce the number of sinus and ear infections you suffer, and if you have asthma, keep it in better control. We get excellent results in most people who adhere to our practices; however we cannot guarantee immunotherapy’s success. For local pollen counts click here.
If you would like to be evaluated, please contact us to schedule.