Sinus & Allergy Overview
We can evaluate underlying causes of nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, facial pain and pressure, and decreased sense of taste and smell. These can all be related to underlying sinus disease or allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies).
At Atlantic ENT, we offer a variety of diagnostic tools and surgical options for the identification and management of these problems. This includes an in-house low dose seated CT scanner at our Orange City office, allergy skin testing, pulmonary function testing, sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops), balloon sinus dilation, endoscopic sinus surgery, and nasal septal repair.
Balloon Sinus Dilation is a safe and effective procedure for some patients suffering from chronic sinusitis who do not respond well to medications. In office balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed by our physicians, and allows the physician to reshape certain drainage pathways of the sinuses in order to restore normal mucus drainage. Typically, patients experience a quick recovery, and most patients return to normal activity in 24 hours.
Sinusitis / Sinus Headaches
Common complaints by patients, including nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, facial pain and pressure, and decreased sense of taste and smell, can all be related to underlying sinus disease or allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies). At Atlantic ENT, we offer a variety of diagnostic tools and surgical options for the identification and management of these problems.
Same day / In office Sinus CT Evaluation
Sinus CT imaging is available at our Orange City office with our in-house, low dose seated CT scanner. This is quicker and more comfortable than conventional CT scanners. The mini-CAT scanner enables our providers to visualize the sinuses and important surrounding structures in order to assess for further medical or surgical intervention.
Allergy Skin Testing
Allergy skin testing is performed in office, and consists of prick testing on the back followed by skin testing on the arms. This testing allows your medical provider to not only identify whether or not you have allergies, but also to determine the severity of your allergies. At the end of the visit, this information and strategies for avoidance will be reviewed with you.
Our licensed R.N. have vast experience in allergy avoidance and management strategies. They can share information, as well as provide education on possible treatment options as recommended by the doctors. If you elect to pursue allergy drops, they will check in with you and monitor your progress.
At home Allergy Drops (SLIT)
Allergy immunotherapy is a treatment that treats underlying allergic disease, while medications manage allergy symptoms. Allergy immunotherapy retrains our immune system to stop reacting inappropriately to normal things in the environment, such as pollen and animal dander.
Allergy drops are a form of immunotherapy that is offered at Atlantic ENT. The drops are able to be self-administered at home, and are a convenient alternative to weekly in-office visits for allergy injections.