Help for Allergies

Allergies are associated with a wide range of symptoms that can leave you feeling less than your best. If you’re dealing with chronic sinus congestion, itchy eyes, skin rashes, or other symptoms, help is available. Dr. Giulio Cavalli, the experienced Pittsfield, MA, ENT doctor at Berkshire Medical Center can develop a treatment plan to help you achieve relief from allergies.

Allergy Causes and Symptoms

Allergy symptoms can be caused by various allergens. An allergen is a substance that prompts an allergic reaction from the immune system, such as sneezing or a skin rash. Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Animal dander
  • Household chemicals
  • Certain foods (e.g., wheat, nuts, dairy, shellfish)
  • Certain medications (e.g., penicillin)
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Latex
  • Mold

An allergic reaction to a substance can result in the development of certain symptoms. The symptoms that are experienced depend on the type of allergen causing them. For example, an allergic reaction to pollen can result in sneezing and itchy eyes. Allergy symptoms can include:

  • Hives or skin rash
  • Sinus congestion
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Sneezing or runny nose
  • Swelling in the eyes, mouth, or face
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Scratchy throat

Treating Allergies

Your highly skilled Pittsfield, MA, ENT doctor can develop an individualized plan for treating your allergies. Allergy tests may be performed to identify the specific allergen(s) causing the reaction. Once the allergen is confirmed, the doctor can recommend a treatment method best suited to you and your symptoms.

Treatment methods can vary based on the type of allergy and its symptoms. One option is medication, such as:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Steroid medicines (e.g., oral inhalers)
  • Lotions or creams

Another method for treating certain types of allergies is immunotherapy. This method involves repeated exposure to small doses of an allergen, either by injection or by placing drops of allergen extract under the tongue. Each time the body is exposed to the allergen, the body begins building up its tolerance to the substance. As the body becomes increasingly resistant or immune to the effects of the allergen, you begin to experience fewer allergy symptoms.

Help for allergies is available. Dr. Cavalli can develop an effective treatment plan for you. To schedule an appointment with our Pittsfield, MA, ENT doctor, call Berkshire Medical Center at (413) 443-6116‎.