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Allergy Treatment And Relief Specialist

James A. White, III, MD -  - Otolaryngologist

Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center

James A. White, III, MD

Otolaryngologist located in Alexandria, LA

More than 50 million adults and children in the United States experience allergy symptoms in any year. Many people try over-the-counter remedies with little or no relief. Dr. White has allergies himself and deeply understands the impact of allergies on your quality of life. At Alexandria Sinus, Ear and Allergy Center our allergy relief team prides itself on its success rate in obtaining lasting allergy relief for patients.

Allergy Treatment and Relief Q & A

What are allergies?

Usually, your immune system works as the body’s defense against infection and disease. Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system reacts to stimuli it interprets as threats but aren’t.

When you develop allergies, symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing can show up as your immune system attempts to fight off the perceived threat. Inflammation of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, and ears is typical when you have an allergic reaction. You may also experience a rash or other skin reactions.

If you’re unsure if your symptoms are due to an allergy or other medical condition, Dr. White conducts a thorough exam and allergy testing to determine the cause.

What causes allergies?

Both genetics and environmental factors can contribute to allergies.

Some people are born with specific allergies, and if you have a family history of allergies, you’re more likely to develop them. Other people experience allergic reactions that develop as they age or in response to external events, such as food, pets, or seasonal and environmental changes.

While many things can cause an allergic reaction, some of the most common allergens are:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Food
  • Animals
  • Mold
  • Bug bites
  • Medication
  • Latex

Allergy testing can determine what the source of your allergic reactions are and if you can make changes to avoid these triggers.

How are allergies treated?

Each type of allergy requires its own treatment plan, but you can manage most allergies with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication.

Over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, and allergy shots can also help you overcome your allergies. Lifestyle changes like avoiding certain foods and purifying the air in your home may help too, depending on the source of your reaction.

Dr. White has extensive experience treating allergies and works with you to relieve your symptoms for the long-term.

Call now at 318-231-2670 or 318-443-1886 to schedule an appointment at the Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, today. Dr. White can help you combat allergy symptoms and return to feeling your best.