Allergy Specialist

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Silenso Clinic

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Even if you enjoy being around pets or out in nature, your immune system might not. At Silenso Clinic in San Diego, California, Paul Schalch Lepe MD, FACS, specializes in treating nasal allergies that often come from airborne substances like pet dander or pollen. To find out more about allergy treatments and management, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

Allergy Q&A

What is an allergy?

Allergies happen when your immune system reacts to something within your environment that normally wouldn’t cause any symptoms. One of the most common types of allergies is called allergic rhinitis, or an allergy that causes nasal symptoms. When you come into contact with your allergen, you might get symptoms like:

  • Sneezing
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Nose itching
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Nasal pressure
  • Headaches

If you have some form of allergic rhinitis, you might only get symptoms seasonally or when you come into contact with your allergen. If your allergen is always present, you might experience symptoms all the time. Your provider at Silenso Clinic can help you discover a lasting solution to your allergy symptoms to improve your breathing. 

What are some common nasal allergens?

Allergic rhinitis often comes from airborne substances that you breathe in without realizing it. Some of the most common allergens associated with nasal symptoms are:

  • Pet dander
  • Tree pollen
  • Grass pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Cat saliva

It can help you greatly to identify your allergen and avoid it to the best of your ability. When this isn’t possible, home care and clinical treatments may be necessary to help you avoid bothersome or severe symptoms. 

What are my treatment options for nasal allergies?

If you can’t prevent allergic reactions because your allergen is always around, or if your seasonal allergies are severe, you should book an appointment at Silenso Clinic for further treatment. Finding a successful treatment for your allergies can help you breathe well and avoid complications from breathing problems, like fatigue or headaches. 

Your provider helps you explore possible treatments depending on your type of allergy and its severity. In many cases, allergies are treatable with medications like antihistamines or decongestants. Antihistamines can prevent allergic reactions from happening, while decongestants can reduce the symptoms of an allergy. 

Corticosteroids, another form of medication, can reduce the inflammation that contributes to your allergic reaction.

To get rid of your allergy entirely, your provider might recommend immunotherapy. It involves a series of shots to build up your immune system’s tolerance to your allergen. You must wait in the clinic for 30-45 minutes after each shot to make sure you don’t have an extreme reaction. 

To learn more about your allergy and find a successful treatment to manage your reaction, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

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