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Seasonal Allergy Checklist

OAT
December 26, 2018

Seasonal allergies affect millions of Americans. Commonly, inherited at birth the term "allergen" refers to any substance that is inhaled, touched, or eaten that affects the immune system. When your body is notified of the presence of these allergens, it goes into attack mode releasing histamine. The drawback to this defense is the watery eyes, runny nose, and itchy throat.

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Topics: Allergies

Everything You Need to Know About Allergy Shots

OAT
December 18, 2018

Allergen immunotherapy is a treatment plan to help those who suffer from allergies. Some individuals find that their quality of life is greatly affected by pollen, dander, and other foreign substances. Antihistamines significantly reduce the body's reaction during exposure, but they need to be taken regularly and prior to. That’s a lot of preplanning. With allergy shots, you and your ENT can work out a treatment plan that helps your immune system build up a resistance.

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Topics: Allergies, Allergy Shots

Common Issues That Affect Your Sinuses and What to do About Them

OAT
August 21, 2018

The sinuses are a complex network of hollow cavities in the face. They are lined with soft pink tissue that is on any given occasion filled with a small amount of mucus. Sometimes, these hollow passages become infected, and the result is excess mucus and difficulty breathing. What we do know is when the area is infected, it causes a lot of pain and discomfort. We will take a look at some common problems with sinuses and how you can address the issue.

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Topics: Sinusitis, Ear Pressure, Sinus Surgery, Allergies, Sinus Infection

4 Myths About Seasonal Allergies

OAT
August 13, 2018

Seasonal allergies affect millions of Americans. During the spring and summer, many take the opportunity to head to their nearest pharmacy to stock up on antihistamines or troll through online search results trying to find a way to relieve their symptoms. There are, however, a lot of misconceptions floating around falsely articulating just how allergies start and what you can do to prevent issues.

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Topics: Allergies

Pollen Allergies: What You Need to Know

OAT
June 12, 2018

Beautiful warm weather brings about a lot of issues for many individuals. While it's instinctive to spend time outdoors after being cooped up in the house all winter, but there are some downfalls to all the sunshine. 

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Topics: Allergies

5 Misconceptions About Seasonal Allergies

OAT
April 25, 2018

Allergy season is among us, and many individuals will find themselves riddled with itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose. While almost 60 million Americans suffer from hay fever, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around about the condition. Though it may seem unimportant regarding ailments, it's challenging to live with if you are one of those who is afflicted. We've put together five of the most common misconceptions about allergies and allergy season.

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Topics: Allergies

Fast Fall Allergy Relief

OAT
October 05, 2017

If fall allergies are taking you by surprise, you’re not alone. For many, spring allergies are a bear but fall allergies are a beast. Here in Tennessee, ragweed allergies are at their peak and grass and mold allergens are creeping into the picture as well. If you’re looking for fast fall allergy relief, you’re in the right place.

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Topics: Allergies

Shedding Light on Dust Mites: Tips for Defeating Dust Mite Allergies

OAT
August 14, 2017

Gesundheit! If you suffer from dust mite allergies, then you’re no stranger to sniffles and sneezes and blessings from passing strangers. Or runny noses and itchy, watery eyes, for that matter. While investing in Puffs facial tissues may still be in order, there are a number of strategies and treatments to help make your existence less about the mites and more about enjoying life.

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Topics: Allergies, Dust Mites, Sinus Infection, Sinus Surgery

What’s The Deal With Dust Mite Allergies?

OAT
July 20, 2017

It’s an urban legend that the weight of your mattress will double over the course of 10 years from dust mites. Is this fact or embellishment? We’ll have to call Myth Busters to find out, but we can definitely be certain that dust mites are a major presence in the houses and beds of many Americans. However, before we dive into the effect these dust mites have and what you can do to mitigate them, we’d like to take a minute to help you get to know the creatures that you are sharing a bed with.

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Topics: Allergies, Dust Mites

When are Seasonal Allergies the Worst?

OAT
July 11, 2017

For many allergy sufferers, the term “seasonal” can be a bit misleading. While some bothersome allergens do, indeed, come and go as the seasons change, for some, there’s always a new crop standing by, ready to offend. For the unfortunate sniffling souls who are allergic to a wide variety of pollen, winter, spring, summer, and fall are all allergy seasons. Essentially, allergies are our immune system's overactive response to pollen or other allergens that release histamines and cause the sniffling, itching, sneezing, and congestion that we’re all so familiar with.

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Topics: Allergies