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NORWALK, CT, May 10, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the seasons are changing, Dr. Andrew Parker, Norwalk ENT, offers helpful tips for patients suffering from allergies. Allergies are very common, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans, which is approximately one in every six people in the United States.
"During the spring season many people's allergies begin to worsen. Appearing at any age, and even disappearing in childhood only to reappear in adulthood, allergies can often be disrupting and irritating for day-to-day life. I am happy to offer my patients the relief they need to enjoy every season without the disruption of allergies," said Dr. Andrew Parker, Norwalk ear, nose and throat doctor.
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 and medicines.
Dr. Parker, ENT providing Westport hearing aids, informs that it is believed that both genes and the environment surround you 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 as well.
"Allergies are rarely life threatening, but can often cause lost workdays, decreased work efficiency, poor school performance and a negative effect on a person's quality of life. For some allergy sufferers, symptoms may be seasonal, but for others it is often a year-round discomfort," stated Dr. Parker, ENT providing Westport snoring treatment.
Allergy symptom control is most successful when multiple management approaches are used simultaneously. These may include minimizing exposure to allergens, desensitization with allergy shots, and medications or other therapies. Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, are given to increase your tolerance to the allergens at large that provoke allergy symptoms. It is usually recommended for people who suffer from severe allergies or for those who have allergy symptoms more than 3 months each year. These shots can potentially cure allergies, while every other modality just treats symptoms.
If patients are experiencing symptoms that may be related to an allergy, they are encouraged to start by visiting Dr. Andrew Parker, Norwalk ENT, for proper treatment and diagnosis. Dr. Parker can help diagnose and treat a patient's allergies, making this summer a more enjoyable season.
About Parker Ear Nose & Throat of Fairfield County: Dr. Andrew Parker is a board certified otolaryngologist and completed his residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the oldest specialty hospital in the United States. In addition, he is the Chief of Surgery for the section of Ear, Nose and Throat at Norwalk Hospital and performs surgery when not practicing medicine at his office. Dr. Parker and his staff of licensed audiologists, a physician associate and another board certified physician, treat all Ear, Nose and Throat maladies including tinnitus, tonsils and hearing loss.
Dr. Andrew Parker
148 East Avenue, Suite 2-I
Norwalk, CT 06851
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