Otolaryngology (ENT) and Allergy Services at Archbold
If you are experiencing a chronic or acute problem with your ears, nose, throat, or other areas of the head or neck, you could likely benefit from an appointment with a physician that specializes in otolaryngology. Otolaryngologists–also referred to as ENTs–diagnose and manage diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, upper pharynx (mouth and throat), and structures of the ear, neck and face, as well as many other ENT (ear, nose, and throat) disorders that occur in both children and adults.
We Diagnose and Treat Disorders of the Head and Neck
Archbold’s board-certified otolaryngologist(s) have the experience and skill to treat any ENT need such as chronic tonsillitis, ear infections, or sinus infections that lead to persistent chronic pain and discomfort.
The medical professionals at Archbold ENT and Allergy Center provide comprehensive care and support, including diagnosis, medical treatment, and surgical intervention when necessary, for the following common conditions:
- Airway and swallowing issues
- Allergy problems
- Chronic sinusitis
- Ear disorders
- Head and neck cancer
- Hearing disorders
- Disorders of the structures of the face and neck, congenital or traumatic
- Nasal conditions eg obstruction
- Sleep disorders
- Throat disorders including chronic tonsillitis, or tonsillar masses
Allergy Testing and Treatment
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies annually. Though many people will brush off symptoms like a runny nose, itchy and/or watery eyes, and uncontrollable sneezing as a cold, chances are you could be one of the millions of Americans who is suffering from seasonal or year-round allergic rhinitis. The good news is, that we can help you get the relief you need.
The Archbold ENT & Allergy team specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of allergies in children and adults. The team consists of our ENT physician, Nurse practitioner and Allergy nurse along with our nursing assistants.
When You Should See a Doctor About Allergies
Though seasonal allergies are rarely life-threatening, allergic patients often show reduced resistance to respiratory infections, which can lead to more severe symptoms or prolonged illness when infections occur.
You should see an otolaryngologist about your allergies if:
- Your allergies are causing symptoms such as chronic sinusitis, nasal congestion, or difficulty breathing.
- You experience symptoms of allergies several months out of the year.
- Over-the-counter medications do not control your symptoms.
- Your allergy symptoms are interfering with your ability to enjoy everyday life.
- You struggle to catch your breath.
- You often wheeze or cough, especially at night or after exercise.
- You have previously been diagnosed with asthma and you have frequent asthma attacks even when you are taking your medication as prescribed.
- Your child has a chronic runny nose or early-onset eczema
Diagnosing Allergies and Treatment Options
If you have symptoms that are conducive to allergies, our otolaryngologist will first do a thorough examination of your ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. A thorough evaluation of your sinuses will help determine if infection or structural abnormality (deviated septum or polyp) could be contributing to your symptoms.
Allergy Skin Tests at Archbold ENT & Allergy Center
If after your thorough evaluation the otolaryngologist feels all signs point to allergies, your physician will recommend a diagnostic test either by skin prick or blood testing. Usually performed on the inner arm or on a patient’s back, a medical professional will apply drops of allergen extract to designated areas. Using needles that barely penetrate the skin, the medical professional will prick the skin to test the body’s reaction to each allergen. After 15-30 minutes, we will observe your skin for signs of allergic reactions to the allergens.
Allergy Treatments at Archbold
Once the physician has determined what you are allergic to, your treatment may include medications, immunotherapy via drops or shots, dietary changes, or changes to your work or home environment.
The Archbold ENT & Allergy Center
706 S Broad St.
Thomasville, GA 31792