Millions of Americans suffer from nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever. Often fragrant flowers are blamed for the uncomfortable symptoms, yet they are rarely the cause; their pollens are too heavy to be airborne. An ear, nose, and throat specialist can help determine the substances causing your discomfort and develop a management plan that will help make life more enjoyable.

Our doctors and trained staff have many years of experience evaluating and diagnosing allergy problems. Aside from gathering a detailed history and completing a thorough examination of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck, the doctor will offer advice on proper environmental control and evaluate the sinuses to determine if infection or structural abnormality (deviated septum, polyps, which may require sinus surgery) are contributing to the symptoms.

In addition, the doctor may advise testing to determine the specific allergen(s) that is causing problems. This is generally done by skin testing but also blood tests and patch tests are also available.

Despite the advances in allergy care during the past several decades, there are still only three basic, accepted approaches to allergy care:

- Avoidance of the offending allergens
- Pharmacotherapy (medications)
- Immunotherapy, either allergy shots or sublingual drops.