are caused by your body’s immune system misinterpreting normal environmental factors as threats—such as dander, pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, and certain foods.
For those Americans who experience allergies every year—an estimated 1 in 5 people—there is always the hope that they can find sustainable relief from the sneezing, coughing, runny noses, and watery, itchy eyes, and many other symptoms allergies can cause.
We’re here to let you know that we can provide you the most up-to-date and effective techniques for managing your allergies, helping you understand more about the allergies that you or a loved one might be experiencing.
Our allergy specialists work with patients of all age populations, so if your allergy concerns are for yourself, a young child, or a more senior member of the family, we’ll proudly provide you the same comprehensive approach to allergy care your friends and neighbors have come to expect from Prairie Sinus Ear & Allergy.
Conditions We Treat
Hay Fever / Alllergic Rhinitis
Allergies involve hypersensitivity of the body’s immune system to foods or foreign substances that don’t typically provoke other people. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is a type of allergy triggered by pollen, pet dander, mold, or other environmental sources.
Symptoms can include sneezing, itchy eyes, postnasal drip, or other problems and may appear seasonally or throughout the year for weeks at a time.
Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis
Refer to inflammation of the sinuses and can be associated with hay fever, infection, or environmental irritants such as forest fire pollution.
Congestion is caused by mechanical blockage in the nose, reversible swelling from allergies, infection, or irritants. We help you find the cause and move forward with a treatment plan to address all factors.
Treatment & Procedure Options
Allergy immunotherapy with NO-SHOT OPTIONS
Think of your immune system as a team of bodyguards dedicated to guarding your health. They do a great job repelling common irritants like germs and bacteria, but sometimes a harmless substance sets off a false alarm, convincing your bodyguards to go on the attack. This results in the itching, inflammation, and a host of other symptoms you’re probably familiar with. This is what we call an allergic reaction.
Immunotherapy Options includes Allergy Drops, Allergy Toothpaste, and Allergy Shots
Immunotherapy trains the body to reduce these false alarms. By exposing your immune system to increasingly stronger doses of an allergen through injections or drops, your team of tiny bodyguards will gradually learn the difference between the allergen and an actual health hazard.
Unlike other treatment options, immunotherapy targets the cause of the underlying condition rather than the symptoms, thereby reducing the effects of your allergies and improving your overall health.
According to research, the effects of immunotherapy can last 5–10 years or longer, allowing you to enjoy daily activities outdoors or the company of pets without watery eyes or a scratchy throat affecting your quality of life.
Reduction of asthma or development of new allergies
Immunotherapy reduces symptomatic asthma, lower the risk of allergic reactions, and reduces the risk of development of new allergies. According to research, the effects of immunotherapy can last 5–10 years or longer, allowing you to enjoy daily activities outdoors or the company of pets without watery eyes or a scratchy throat affecting your quality of life.
Antihistamines, Decongestants, and Cold Remedies
Antihistamines, decongestants, and cold remedies involve various types of over-the-counter medications to treat — not cure — symptoms of allergies or hay fever, as well as upper respiratory infections. Reading the labels, following instructions, and seeking professional advice are crucial to preventing overdose, avoiding harmful side effects, and ensuring the right medication for your specific symptoms.
There are 3 sets of shelves in your nose which are called turbinates. The lower set of shelves has mucosa and tissue which swells in response to allergies, infection, or irritation. Reducation of these shelves can usually be performed in-office and will assist in reducing the impact of allergic illness in many patients with congestion or posterior nasal drainage.
There is a wall which divides the 2 sides of the nose call the nasal septum. Oftentimes due to prior injury or congenitally from birth, people may have a condition where the septum is deviated contributing to nasal congestion, posterior nasal drainage, pain, and even ear problems. This condition may be resolved with nasal surgery performed in-office or at times outside our facility in the operating theater.
Balloon sinuplasty is typically an outpatient in-office procedure aimed at opening the sinus drainage pathways. You can usually return to normal activities within 24-48 hours. It’s a potential option when sinusitis persists or doesn’t adequately respond to other treatments such as medication.
More invasive sinus procedure are also
typically an outpatient in-office procedure or performed in the operating theater for some patients. This is a more aggressive surgery with a 1-2 week recovery aimed at opening the sinus drainage pathways and at times removing pathologies.