Commonly asked

Allergy FAQs

When does an allergy begin?

Allergies occur after a person with allergic tendencies is exposed repeatedly to the substance in the environment or his/her diet.

What causes a person to develop an allergy?

There is no standard way for an allergy to begin; the onset may be sudden or gradual. Often symptoms develop after an unusual stress to the immune system.

What is hay fever?

Most nasal allergies are called hay fever and occur most frequently during the spring, summer, or fall when trees, grasses and weeds produce pollen.

What substances from pets cause allergic symptoms?

Animals produce proteins in the urine, saliva, or dander.

Should an otolaryngologist treat my allergies?

An otolaryngologist is a doctor specializing in the treatment of ear, nose and throat diseases. Half of the problems ENT physicians encounter are probably due, either directly or indirectly, to allergy. The ear, nose, and throat specialist is able to follow the patient's progress with specialized examinations and nose and throat medical and surgical treatment.

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