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ENT Carolina Allergy Program

Mark E. Reiber, MD, FACS, FAAOA

Allergy Program offered by ENT Carolina - Gastonia, Shelby, BelmontUp to a fourth of all households are affected by allergies. Once considered just a nuisance, allergies can have a significant impact on quality of life. Worsening over time, allergies may progress to asthma, sinus and ear infection, sleep disturbances, and chronic headaches.

Billions are spent annually on doctor visits and medications, but despite this, surveys show patients are increasingly frustrated. All of this at a time when better treatment options available than ever before. What is missing? Why are patients so frustrated?

The ENT Carolina approach is to test (Allergy Testing), accurately diagnose (What's the problem?) and then decide how to treat. We emphasize all three pillars of allergy treatment: avoidance measures (Environmental Control for Allergies), medications (Allergy Medication Overview) and desensitization (Immunotherapy). When necessary surgery can also correct nasal problems (Nasal/Sinus Surgery).

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just take a pill or a shot and never be sick again? Why put in all the time, money and effort to treat allergies if you are still going to get sick?

Well, those expectations are unrealistic. Upper respiratory problems like sinus infections are caused by several factors including colds and viruses. The average person will get 2 respiratory tract infections per year. If you are around children or deal with the public, you might even experience more.

So what can you expect? You should see increased quality of life and decreased allergy related problems. Results are not immediate and you should reserve judgment of success for about a year. Then, look back and determine if your life is better. If you honestly can't see improvement, then it isn't worth continuing. We find roughly 4 of 5 patients who follow the program will be satisfied with the results.

At ENT Carolina, we believe strongly in a partnership between patient and physician and encourage our patients to take an active role in their care.

View our videos of ENT Carolina Allergy patients sharing their experiences.