Allergy and Sinus Problems
Allergy and sinus problems are burdensome and uncomfortable; they are a persistent occurrence for many people, and can be extremely painful and at times life-threatening.
As a board-certified head and neck surgeon and a highly regarded provider of allergy treatment and sinus surgery for those in Beverly Hills, Greater Los Angeles, and all Southern California, Dr. Babak Larian has the experience necessary to help individuals reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort associated with allergies or other sinus conditions, and control their disease. He achieves success by having a close relationship with his patients in treating this often difficult problem.
Identification of Nasal Allergies
Nasal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are a common immune system disorder that affects more than 50 million people in the nation and is seen more commonly in those suffering from chronic sinus infections. Allergies occur when a substance enters the body that the immune system mistakenly believes is an invader and thus mounts an attack. Those who suffer from allergic rhinitis experience an extreme inflammatory response when exposed to these invaders, known as allergens, including inflamed sinuses, headaches, a runny and itchy nose, watery/itchy eyes, sneezing, and rashes.
Allergens can vary from person-to-person; however, there are a number of frequent culprits. One of the most common allergens is pollen. Pollen, which comes from plants, can become airborne and enter the nose, mouth, or other areas, causing an allergic reaction. Dust, mold, animal dander, smoke, and certain kinds of foods can also lead to allergy symptoms. In some cases, this reaction can be serious and may require immediate medical attention.
Diagnosing Allergic Rhinitis through Blood / Skin Testing
Identifying allergies that an individual is sensitive to is important in reducing inflammation to the sinuses. Testing to identify the specific allergen that prompts an allergic response can include a blood and / or skin test. These tests help you and your doctor determine if an allergic reaction can explain the symptoms you are experiencing. If an allergy is detected, a treatment plan is designed for you by Dr. Larian to reduce the day-to-day impact of allergies and other sinus issues. Please contact our practice in Los Angeles to schedule an allergy test with Dr. Larian.
After the environmental factors that are contributing to your allergies are determined, the first method of treatment is avoidance. This may mean minimizing your exposure to dust mites (microscopic organisms that frequently cause allergy symptoms), and mold in your home, especially the bedroom. Using an air-filter or purifier along with dust mite proof mattress and pillow covers help to ease allergy symptoms. If you are unable to sufficiently reduce your exposure to allergens, then Dr. Larian may recommend other treatment methods, depending on your individual case. Medications, including antihistamines, steroid or saline nasal sprays, anti-inflammatories, expectorants, or decongestants, can be used to treat allergies. Dr. Larian can determine which type of medication is most suited for your individual needs.
If other treatment options fail, our allergy treatment and sinus surgery physician in Beverly Hills can provide you with allergy shots. Allergy shots work by injecting small amounts of an allergen into the body, allowing the body to build a tolerance to their presence and reduce or even eliminate its allergic reactions to them over time. Allergy shots are a safe and effective treatment option that helps individuals with allergies find relief from their most bothersome allergy symptoms. To learn more about allergy shots or to schedule an appointment with our allergy treatment and sinus surgery professional, contact our Southern California practice today, serving the Greater Los Angeles area.
Diagnosing Sinusitis through in-office CT Scanning
Sinusitis can be difficult to diagnose, since many of its symptoms are the same as those experienced with the common cold. In addition to a thorough exam and nasal endoscopy a CT scan may be necessary to help with diagnosis. The in-office CT scanner makes this very easy; it can be completed in 15 minutes, thus helping guide us as to the appropriate treatment plan instantly.
Acute sinusitis can be treated in a variety of ways. All are aimed at opening the sinuses and allowing the infected material to drain out. Over-the-counter medications such as decongestants are helpful, but at time not enough at which point they may need to be combined with antibiotics. Chronic Sinusitis is more complex; treatment is geared towards controlling the underlying cause, which is usually chronic inflammation due to allergies. As such, addressing the allergies with avoidance therapy, various nasal sprays, oral medications and allergy shots are the primary modes of therapy. Surgery is the last choice, and is only done when all other treatments are exhausted.
Schedule an Allergies & Sinus Consultation With Dr. Larian Today
To learn more about allergies and sinusitis, contact our Beverly Hills practice, serving Los Angeles and all of Southern California. Call 310.776.6913!
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