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By Central Alabama ENT Associates
February 20, 2020
Category: Allergies
Tags: allergy   medication  

Are you struggling with bothersome allergy symptoms? Here at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, Dr. Wallace Vaughan, Jr. and Dr. C. Elliott Morga offer state-of-the-art care to diagnose and treat disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. Here are 5 such ways to manage your allergies.

1. Take medication: There are several types of allergy drugs available to alleviate your allergy symptoms. These allergy medications include decongestants, antihistamines, and others. Some allergy medications combine a decongestant with an antihistamine. Examples include fexofenadine-pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D) and loratadine-pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D).

2. Get allergy shots: Allergy injections help the human body get used to the substances that trigger allergic reactions. Each allergy injection contains a small amount of the substances that are causing your symptoms. Allergy shots are not a cure, but in time, you may not have allergy symptoms as often.

3. Close the doors and windows: It’s a beautiful day, but if the pollen count is high, keep the doors and windows closed to protect your indoor air. Despite the desire to breathe in fresh air, an open door or window invites a lot of pollen into your house. You can also install a HEPA filter on your HVAC system.

4. Eat a healthy diet: There’s no doubt that a healthy diet is good for the body. In fact, those who eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables have fewer allergy symptoms, due to the natural anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidants present in these foods.

5. Use a nasal rinse: If you are looking for a solution to nasal challenges, a nasal rinse can help. Rinsing your nasal passages with a saline solution is a quick, effective, and inexpensive way to relieve nasal congestion. Nasal rinses clean allergens and irritants from the nose, reducing their impact. You can buy nasal rines at a pharmacy, or you can make your own at home.

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Experience life the way it was meant to be. Call Central Alabama ENT Associates at (334) 277-0484 right now to schedule an appointment in Montgomery, AL. Our allergy treatments can change your life!

By Central Alabama ENT Associates
January 24, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

We rely on our hearing in all types of situations, leading our lives to be gravely impacted if hearing loss sets in from aging, illness, injury, or heredity. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from hearing loss, and here at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, we can help—read on to learn more.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are several types of hearing loss, each one associated with damage to specific areas of the ear. Types of hearing loss include:

  • Conductive: Associated with damage to the eardrum, middle ear, or ear canal, this hearing loss can be the result of ear fluid in the middle ear, a punctured eardrum, an ear infection, allergies, or congenital abnormalities in the ear.
  • Sensorineural: Associated with damage to the inner ear and auditory nerve. This can be due to aging, a viral infection, head injuries, disease, genetics, or exposure to loud noises.
  • Mixed: Associated with damage to the inner, middle, or outer ear. The damage results in both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
  • Central: Sometimes referred to as central auditory processing disorder. This type of hearing loss is caused by the failure of the central nervous system to send the brain recognizable signals.

Treatments for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be treated in several ways. The type of treatment used will depend on the specific type and extent of hearing loss, as well as the cause of it. At our office in Montgomery, hearing loss can be treated with antibiotics, corticosteroids, ear tubes, hearing aids, myringotomy, or surgery. Our doctors can discuss appropriate treatment options with you.

Preventing Hearing Loss

It might not be possible to completely prevent hearing gloss, particularly the type that develops with aging, however, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself. Some ways to do this is to minimize your exposure to loud noises and to wear earplugs or another type of protection for your ears, especially if you work in a noisy environment or plan to attend a concert.

It is also best to seek treatment for sinus or ear infections when they occur to prevent infection-related hearing loss. Additionally, regularly scheduling visits with an ear, nose and throat specialist is extremely helpful. After all, having your ears regularly examined makes it possible to detect problems early on before they progress and lead to major hearing loss.

Call Us

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vaughan or Dr. Morgan, contact Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, today at (334) 277-0484.

By Central Alabama ENT Associates
September 05, 2019
Category: Allergies
Allergy problemsIt’s never too early to seek help for your allergies. Allergies can affect your way of life, at all times of the year. During springtime, you may feel the effects of hay fever. In winter, when you are indoors for long periods, you may suffer from mold allergies. If you have pets, you already know how pet dander can cause you problems. You can recognize an allergy if you have itchy watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing.
You can try home remedies first, and they may help alleviate symptoms. Common home remedies for allergies include:
  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
  • Irrigating your nasal passages with saline and water
  • Trying linens and pillowcases that are allergy-proof
  • Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
If you try home remedies and are still suffering from allergy symptoms, it’s time to seek help from your allergist. Your allergist will recommend allergy testing if you have:
  • Nasal congestion, a runny nose, and watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing or chest congestion
  • A rash, itchy skin or eczema
  • An itchy throat, nose or eyes
He or she will recommend various types of testing, depending on what you are sensitive or allergic to. The most effective allergy tests include:
  • Skin tests- during which tiny amounts of different allergens are injected just under your skin; you will know you are allergic to the substance if you see swelling or a rash within 20 minutes.
  • Challenge tests- used to diagnose medication and food allergies, during which you inhale or ingest a tiny amount of allergen to test for a reaction
  • Blood tests- a sample of your blood is sent to a laboratory where testing is completed
Once your allergist has determined what you are allergic to, treatment to relieve your allergy symptoms can begin. Typical allergy treatments involve allergy shots given weekly to target specific allergens. Sublingual drop therapy is also common and convenient because you can self-administer the drops in the privacy of your home for a specified period of time.

Remember it’s never too early to seek help from an allergist. Your allergist can help you get relief from allergies at any time of the year. Don’t wait! Call today and feel better tomorrow!
By Central Alabama ENT Associates
June 04, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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