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Allergy Conditions


allergy test The Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialists at Torrance Memorial Physician Network provide expert treatment for adults and children with allergies. If you or your child is experiencing an ear, nose or throat disorder, or a problem that is caused by allergies, our specialists will use the latest diagnostic and treatment methods to provide comprehensive care.

What are Allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance called an allergen that is harmless to most people. Foods, dust, pollens, molds, pet dander, insect stings and medications are a few common allergens. Allergies are usually diagnosed by a medical provider who specializes in identifying allergens, called an allergist. Exposure to allergens may cause symptoms that affect your ears, nose, sinuses and throat, including:

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sinus infections
  • Blocked of stuffy ears
  • Ear infections
  • Nosebleeds
  • Cough
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Cold-like symptoms that last longer than 10 days
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Sneezing
  • Tingling in the mouth or throat
  • Swelling of the mouth, throat, tongue or nasal passages
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Anaphylaxis, in severe cases

If left untreated, allergies can lead to ear, nose and throat complications. Our specialists treat a full range of common and complex disorders that can sometimes be related to allergies, including:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Bacterial sinusitis
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Ear infections
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Nosebleeds
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Sore throat

Treatment, Therapies and Services

When problems occur with your ears, nose or throat that are related to allergies, our otolaryngology specialists can help. During your first visit, our ENT specialists will review your medical history and symptoms, as well as perform a complete examination of your ears, nose and throat. If necessary, your specialist may refer you to an allergist for testing to find the cause of your allergies.

Our board-certified ENT specialists will develop a customized allergy treatment plan to address the cause of your allergies and relieve your symptoms. We provide a range of allergy treatments, therapies and services, including:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Nasal corticosteroid sprays
  • Nasal decongestant sprays
  • Nasal saline washes
  • Oral decongestant medications
  • Oral corticosteroid medications

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