The Christie Clinic Department of Allergy is led by an experienced team of otolaryngologists who treat patients with disorders or illnesses of the ears, nose, throat, and neck. These providers are allergy specialists, providing comprehensive consultations, diagnosis and management of all aspects of allergies, and immunology for both children and adults. These include:
- Allergy testing and immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Nasal allergies and hypersensitivity to specific substances such as ragweed, pollen, or foods
Allergy Injection Hours: Monday - Friday, by appointment only.
Seeing an allergist is essential for people who are experiencing symptoms suggestive of allergies or immune system reactions to various triggers. Knowing when to see an allergist can significantly improve one's quality of life and potentially prevent severe allergic reactions.
Consider seeking the expertise of our otolaryngologists if you experience:
- Persistent Symptoms: If you have persistent symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, hives, rash, or gastrointestinal issues like nausea or diarrhea, it may indicate an underlying allergic condition.
- Seasonal Patterns: If your symptoms tend to worsen or occur during specific seasons, such as spring or fall when certain allergens like pollen are prevalent, it could indicate seasonal allergies or hay fever.
- Known Allergies: If you are aware of specific allergens that trigger your symptoms, whether it's certain foods, medications, insect stings, or environmental factors like pet dander or dust mites, seeking evaluation can help manage and prevent allergic reactions.
- Unexplained Symptoms: Sometimes, symptoms may not have an obvious trigger or may be mistaken for other conditions. We can perform tests to identify potential allergens or immune system disorders causing your symptoms.
- Severe Reactions: If you have experienced severe allergic reactions in the past, such as anaphylaxis characterized by difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or face, rapid pulse, or loss of consciousness, it's crucial to see an allergist for evaluation, diagnosis, and management to prevent future life-threatening episodes.
- Poor Response to Treatment: If over-the-counter medications or avoidance strategies are not effectively managing your symptoms, an allergist can provide personalized treatment plans, including prescription medications, immunotherapy, or lifestyle modifications tailored to your specific allergies and needs.
- Family History: If you have a family history of allergies, asthma, or other immune system disorders, you may be at a higher risk of developing similar conditions and may benefit from early intervention and preventive measures.
Early evaluation and management can help identify triggers, alleviate symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.