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Learn How Allergies Affect Your Ears, Nose and Throat

With millions of people suffering from allergies, Dr. Kirby Scott helps patients in Hagerstown better understand how they affect the ears, nose and throat. Allergy symptoms appear when the immune system reacts to an allergic substance that has entered the body as though it was an unwelcomed invader.  The immune system will produce special antibodies that are capable of recognizing the same allergic substance if it enters the body at a later time. 
If you suffer from allergies in Hagerstown, you are not alone.  Allergies are very common, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans, which is one in every six people in the United States.  A wide array of allergens may trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive people through the air, by touch, or by ingestion.  They can appear at any age, and can even disappear in childhood only to reappear in adulthood.

Patients Understand Allergies

An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful.  Those who have allergies are sensitive to more than one thing.  Often, substances that cause reactions include:
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Insect stings
  • Medicines
It is believed that both genes and the environment contribute to your allergies.  Many people believe an allergy as merely “hay fever,” with sneezing, a runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes.  However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic sinus problems, postnasal drip, head congestion, frequent colds, and recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, chronic cough and asthma.  Stomach and intestinal problems, such as skin rashes, chronic headaches and fatigue can be symptoms of allergies.  Allergies can affect your ears, nose and throat, among other areas of your body.

How Allergies Affect your Ears, Nose and Throat

When you suffer from allergies in Hagerstown, the symptoms can range from a stuffy nose to an ear infection or sore throat.  Depending on your allergy, various parts of your body such as your ears, nose and throat can be significantly affected. 
One of the most common medical problems in children is otitis media, or middle ear infection.  These infections are especially common in early childhood.  They are even more common when children suffer from allergic rhinitis as well. Allergic inflammation can cause swelling in the nose and around the opening of the ear canal.  The swelling has potential to interfere with drainage of the middle ear.  When bacteria laden discharge clogs the tube, infection is more likely.
Allergies can cause enough inflammation that the opening to the sinuses is obstructed.  A bacterial sinus infection occurs as a result.  Allergens that are breathed in can often cause a stuffy nose, itchy nose and throat, mucus production, cough, or wheezing. 
Various allergens may also lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to “post-nasal drip.”  It can lead to cough, sore throats, and a husky voice.  Although more common in older people and in dry inland climates, thick, dry mucus can also irritate the throat and be hard to clear.   Air conditioning, winter heating, and dehydration can aggravate the condition as well. 

The best way to avoid your symptoms is to avoid what causes your allergies in the first place.  With help from our Hagerstown, MD ENT doctor, you can successfully control and alleviate your allergy symptoms.  Dr. Kirby Scott will perform various tests in order to come to a proper diagnosis, allowing you to breathe easily once again.

February 06, 2014
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Central ENT Consultants, PC and our audiology staff at Central Audiology Center, LLC hope you had a very merry holiday season!  In the month of December we collected used hearing aids from our patients and their family and friends to give to the Lion's Club.  This will allow those with low income obtain hearing aids who otherwise might not be able to.  Thank you to all of those who supported our endeavors and helped us to give the gift of hearing for the holiday season. 


You can check out a video by WHAG on our staff from Central Audiolody Center, LLC talk a little bit more about the even.  Click the link below. 

We are already gearing up for next year.  If you or someone you know has old hearing aids that they are no longer using or need, we will be accepting donations all year long. 
From all of us here at Central ENT Consultants, PC and Central Audiology Center, LLC, we hope you had a very merry season and we thank all of those for their donations.