Although many common allergies develop in childhood, they can affect people of all ages. Because they can develop at any time, many people are living with undiagnosed allergies to food, medications, environmental pollutants and animal dander. Allergy symptoms can overlap with many other medical conditions, and therefore can be easy to overlook or misdiagnose. The ear, nose and throat doctors at Central ENT Consultants, P.C. in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD provide diagnosis and treatment for food, medicine and environmental related allergies for pediatric and adult patients.
Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment in Frederick and Hagerstown
As many as 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy and sensitivity to a specific food or medication. Symptoms range in severity from mild to extreme, depending on the type of allergy and the individual. Seasonal allergies to environmental stimulants like pollen, ragweed, dust, grass and mold spores may only produce mild symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes in some people, and more severe flu-like symptoms in others, depending on the season.
Allergies from foods like peanuts or gluten, or medications like penicillin can lead to potentially serious complications if left undiagnosed.
The most common symptoms of undiagnosed food allergies include:
- Itchy palate/throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Unexplained fatigue and exhaustion
- Frequent indigestion/stomach pains after meals
- Blotchy skin/rash
- Joint and muscle pain
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Memory loss and difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
Common seasonal allergies can generally be treated with antihistamines and lifestyle modifications designed to avoid the allergy triggers. An ear, nose and throat doctor at Central ENT Consultants, P.C. will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if your symptoms are caused by allergies, and design an appropriate treatment plan.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Frederick and Hagerstown
For more information on symptom relief and treatment options for seasonal and food related allergies, contact Central ENT Consultants, P.C. in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD by calling (301) 739-0400 to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist today.