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By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
June 07, 2021
Category: Allergy Testing
Tags: Allergy Testing  

It’s important to know what you may be allergic to in order to know what you need to avoid or what could be making you feel bad in certain seasons. Dr. Christine Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT and Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, can help you find out what you may be allergic to through allergy testing.

How Allergy Testing Can Help You

Your allergist in San Antonio, TX, will probably recommend that you get tested for allergies if you exhibit symptoms after being exposed to certain elements. Some common symptoms you may notice are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy eyes, nose, or throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Chest congestion
  • Cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting after ingesting certain foods
  • Severe reaction to an insect bite or sting

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to visit your allergist to get allergy testing and make life more comfortable by being able to avoid allergic reactions. Depending on what your symptoms are, there are different types of allergy tests that your doctor will perform. Types of tests include:

  • Skin Test- Your doctor will inject a small amount of an allergen into your skin. You will then wait at least twenty minutes to see if there is a reaction. From there, your doctor can write down which allergens your skin reacted to and what you’re allergic to.
  • Challenge Test- Your doctor will have you inhale or eat a small amount of a specific allergen. This will help your allergist determine what foods or medications you may be allergic to.
  • Blood Test- Your doctor will take a blood sample and have it sent to the laboratory and will take a little more time than the other tests. This test is used specifically if you may have a skin condition that would interfere with the skin test.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

Make your life more comfortable by making sure that you contact your allergist to get an allergy test today! Contact Dr. Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT and Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, at (210) 647-3838.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
May 10, 2021
Category: Allergy

Are allergens floating around in your environment and causing you problems?

Are you dealing with red, itchy, and watery eyes? Is your nose constantly running? If so, then you could be dealing with allergies. There are certain indoor and outdoor allergens that, when inhaled, can leave you with these unpleasant symptoms. From the office of our San Antonio, TX, allergist and asthma specialist, Dr. Christine Gilliam, discover the most common types of inhalant allergens and how to get your allergy symptoms under control.

Hay fever

You can thank grass and tree pollen, as well as certain types of molds for your hay fever. You may be dealing with hay fever if you experience a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and headaches. It’s also common to feel fatigued, lethargic, and perhaps a little foggy-headed.

How can I treat my hay fever?

The best thing you can do is to check the daily forecast for the pollen count. If it’s high, try to stay indoors with the windows closed as much as possible. Your asthma specialist also understands that you don’t want to stay trapped inside all day. If you plan to go out, make sure to wear your sunglasses.

Pet dander

Being allergic to your pet may be upsetting to discover but it’s something that can easily be managed with the proper lifestyle changes and medications. Certain enzymes in their saliva can become airborne, resulting in wheezing, runny eyes and nose, and itchy skin.

How can I treat my pet allergy?

If you do find out that you’re allergic to your pet, you can help ease symptoms by simply bathing them twice a week at the very least and by also cleaning all furniture, carpeting, and bedding regularly. If your allergies are still flaring up, your bedroom should become a pet-free zone.

Dust mites

While you might not want to think about it, there are microscopic mites that are living in your bedding, furniture, and mattresses. They also subsist on skin cells. If you are dealing with blocked nasal passages, chronic sneezing, or even eczema, you might want to talk to your allergist about whether you could have a dust mite allergy.

How can I treat my dust mite allergy?

Using a HEPA filter in your home can help to filter and trap bacteria and germs in the area. You should also vacuum every day and use special bedding that protects against dust mites.

If you are looking for an allergy and asthma specialist here in San Antonio, TX, that can help you get your inhalant allergy symptoms under control, then call Dr. Gilliam of Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center today at (210) 647-3838.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
March 02, 2021
Category: ENT Procedures
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Dr. Christine Gilliam of Everyone's ENT and Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, can perform a balloon sinuplasty for patients struggling with chronic sinus issues. Read about the procedure and come see us in San Antonio, TX, if you're struggling with your sinuses.

What Is A Balloon Sinuplasty?

A balloon Sinuplasty is an endoscopic or minimally invasive procedure used to drain the major nasal sinuses. Performed by an ENT, tiny balloons dilate the nasal cavities to drain them. The method used is similar to an angioplasty, where balloon catheters dilate congested blood vessels.

The patient is numbed during the procedure to ease any discomfort. A slim catheter with a deflated balloon attached is inserted through the nose to reach the sinus cavities. When the balloons inflate, the nasal cavities dilate and a saline flushing solution is used to help drain the sinuses. They can continue to drain once the balloons are removed.

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and you should be able to resume normal activities within a couple of days. Some patients start to feel the effects of the procedure almost immediately. You should avoid blowing your nose for 24 hours and may have some excess drainage after the procedure.

Who needs a balloon sinuplasty?

If you have repeated or ongoing sinus infections or chronic sinusitis - a sinus infection that lasts 12 weeks or more and isn't getting better with other treatments, you may be a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty. The procedure isn't right for everyone. For example, if your sinus issues are caused by nasal polyps or a deviated septum you may need a different procedure to address those issues.

Chronic sinus problems impact breathing you may have tried products like decongestant medications or nasal sprays. if you're still having sinus issues it's time to contact your San Antonio, TX, ENT.

Dr. Christine Gilliam and Everyone's ENT and Sinus Center are here for you if you're having sinus issues and need help. If you think you need a balloon sinuplasty, contact us in San Antonio, TX, at (210) 647-3838.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
January 06, 2021
Category: ENT Procedures

How SLIT treatment from your ENT specialist in San Antonio, TX can help you get relief from allergies

Sublingual immunotherapy treatment, also known as SLIT, has become one of the most popular ways to treat annoying allergy symptoms. Dr. Christine Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX offers a wide range of ear, nose, and throat services, including SLIT treatment for allergies.

Sublingual immunotherapy doesn’t use needles or injections. It’s simply a small amount of allergen which is placed under your tongue. You keep it in place for one to two minutes.

This process is completed daily and then reduced to three days per week, as you build up a tolerance to the allergen. Sublingual immunotherapy is recommended from three to five years to gain full immunity.

SLIT treatment is a great option for infants and young children because it is painless and easy. It’s also an excellent choice if you have:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Asthma or sinusitis
  • Multiple allergies to foods or animals
  • Mold, pollen, and dust allergies
  • Allergies to ragweed, grass, or tree pollens

The first step is allergy testing to find out what you are allergic to, then allergy treatments, including sublingual immunotherapy are discussed.

There are many reasons why sublingual immunotherapy is one of the most popular allergy treatments. Consider these important benefits:

  • SLIT has minimal side-effects, which can be alleviated by dose adjustment.
  • SLIT is convenient because you can do the treatment in the comfort of your home, under the guidance of your ENT specialist.
  • SLIT costs less than other allergy treatments.
  • SLIT requires fewer office visits, with only a few visits the first year, and visits every six to twelve months after that.
  • SLIT requires less medication to relieve your symptoms.

Allergies can be difficult to deal with. In the past, the only solution was allergy shots. Now, you have an easier option, sublingual immunotherapy, known as SLIT.

To find out more about this amazing allergy treatment, call Dr. Christine Gilliam of Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX at (210) 647-3838. Call now!

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
October 09, 2020
Category: ENT Procedures
Tags: sinus surgery   Sinus  

Do you have sinus problems and wonder what sinus surgery is all about? First of all, relax, because at Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Christine Gilliam has extensive experience in today's latest surgical methods. You can experience better upper respiratory health. Here's more.

When you need sinus surgery...

Your board-certified otolaryngologist is the doctor to see. At Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center, San Antonio, TX, patients come to us with a wide variety of ear, nose and throat problems. Chronic sinusitis, or recurring infections of the air-filled cavities in the skull, is one of the most common.

If you've had infection after infection, and steroidal medications, antibiotics, lavage and other less invasive treatments just don't work, Dr. Gilliam may recommend sinus surgery. Other reasons for surgery are congenital abnormalities in the sinuses or benign polyps on the mucus-producing lining of your nose or sinus passages.

Whatever your need, expect a thorough exam, including sophisticated imaging, smell testing, blood work, a review of your medical history and symptoms. Your care plan will include surgery and your recovery needs afterward. Dr. Gilliam performs sinus surgeries with the benefit of local or general anesthesia as patients needs warrant.

Sinus surgeries and recovery

At Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center, Dr. Gilliam offers these types of sinus procedures:

  1. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, which uses a lighted scope inserted through the nose to remove obstructions, such as polyps
  2. Image-guided sinus surgery, which employs precise CT scans to yield real-time images of the interior of the sinus cavities and endoscopic instruments to remove growths or relieve congenital or acquired obstructions
  3. Caldwell Luc procedure, performed through the maxillary sinus and into the nose to correct chronic sinusitis and remove malignancies

As you recover, you will take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for discomfort. You'll rest at home for a day or more, and you may have nasal packing in place. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic say that today's sinus surgeries are more comfortable, produce far less bleeding and achieve better patient outcomes than old-style procedures did.

Contact us

If you have additional questions about sinus surgery, please contact Dr. Christine Gilliam and her team at Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX. We'll take good care of you. Phone (210) 647-3838.

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