Advanced Allergy and Sinus Care in San Antonio, TX

Sinus issues or allergies can significantly impact your quality of life. Allergic reactions to unidentified substances can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. Chronic inflammation of the sinuses, known as sinusitis, can cause persistent facial pain, headaches, and difficulty breathing. Untreated symptoms may lead to complications, such as recurrent infections or nasal polyps that can obstruct breathing. Obtaining prompt medical attention from a skilled San Antonio ENT specialist can diagnose and treat these symptoms for a happier, healthier life.

Diagnostic Tests for Allergy Issues

Our experienced allergy staff at San Antonio ENT uses advanced techniques to identify the allergens impacting your health and comfort. Testing can include skin tests, blood tests, or others, as needed.

Skin prick testing

A skin prick allergy test may be employed to identify the allergens triggering your reactions. During the test, small amounts of common triggers, such as local pollen, grasses, trees, dust mites, or pet dander, are applied to your skin with a tiny pinprick. The needles create superficial pricks on the skin's surface. Following the application of the device, an in-office waiting period will monitor any  reaction to potential allergens. Sensitivity to a substance will lead to a small, raised bump or redness where the allergen was applied.

Blood Tests for Allergies

A blood allergy test involves analyzing a small blood sample to assess your immune system's response to specific triggers like foods, dust, latex, mold, insect bites, stings, medications, and pollen. The sample is sent to a lab to detect antibodies related to common allergens. While both skin prick tests and blood tests effectively diagnose allergies, the latter may be recommended in specific situations, such as when a skin condition makes the skin test unsuitable. Your allergy specialist may also suggest both tests for a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Allergy Treatment Options

Once the allergy diagnosis step is complete, we provide a range of treatment options to manage and alleviate symptoms. This may include incorporating adjustments into your daily routine, such as avoiding certain foods or substances that were found to be allergic triggers or immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots or sublingual drops.

Allergy Injections

Immunotherapy can provide lasting relief for those grappling with persistent allergies. This includes allergy injections, a series of shots carefully formulated to desensitize your immune system to specific allergens. This gradual process has proven effective in reducing the severity of allergic reactions over time.

Allergy Drops

For a non-invasive allergy treatment option, we offer allergy drops, also known as Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT). Administered as drops under the tongue, SLIT offers a convenient alternative to injections, gradually building tolerance to allergens and helping to alleviate symptoms.

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Detailed Sinus Diagnosis

Our ENT providers are well-equipped to address various sinus conditions. We employ state-of-the-art tools for precise diagnosis, such as nasal endoscopy and in-office CT scans. Endoscopy allows our specialists to perform a real-time inspection of the nasal passages using a thin, flexible tube fitted with a light and camera to locate structural issues or other problems. 

A CT scan uses computerized tomography to take multiple cross-sectional X-rays of the face to build a 3D representation of the sinuses, providing a highly detailed interior look to determine the condition of the sinuses with accuracy.

Sinus Care

Our ENT providers also care for all sinus conditions. We can help diagnose conditions by performing an endoscopy of the nose and sinus drainage as well as performing a CT Scan of the sinus in our office. Our medical care includes utilizing oral medications as well as prescribing sinus rinse with medications. In addition, we offer in-office procedures to help patients suffering from sinus and allergic conditions, as well as advanced surgical care.

Treatment for Sinus Issues

Our medical care for sinus issues may combine oral medications and personalized prescription sinus rinses to not only alleviate symptoms but also work to prevent their recurrence. In the case of physical obstructions in the sinuses, our ENT specialists are skilled in performing minimally invasive outpatient surgeries to help you breathe freely. All surgery options will be thoroughly discussed and explained by a qualified practitioner if they are found to be necessary in your case.

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When You Demand the Best

San Antonio ENT has been helping patients achieve better health and well-being for over 20 years. We have the skills and experience you can trust to address your sinus and allergy needs. Our specialists are committed to helping you enjoy real-world relief with the least invasive, most effective treatment plan.

With 3 convenient locations across the San Antonio area, we’re never far away.

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