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Nurse educating about Allergy drops

Nasal and Sinus Allergy

Seasonal and environmental allergies affect millions of Americans each year, causing itchy, puffy, and watery eyes, sneezing, a runny nose or nasal congestion. At Rutland Regional’s ENT & Audiology, our board-certified specialists diagnose, treat and manage nasal and sinus allergy, offering our patients the most advanced options for allergy relief.

Diagnostic Testing

A proper diagnosis is critical to successfully treating allergies. Our specialists use a range of diagnostic tools to determine the cause of your allergies including your personal history, a physical exam, skin testing and blood tests.

  • Skin Testing. Skin testing involves introducing small amounts of allergens, substances that cause an allergic reaction, into the skin and observing your skin for a reaction. A positive skin test reaction occurs when the skin becomes red, raised, and itchy. This skin reaction will gradually go away within 30-60 minutes.
  • Blood Testing. A blood test can measure the level of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies, which your body makes in response to certain allergens. After drawing blood, the sample is sent to a lab to look for the antibodies. It takes a few days to receive blood test results.

Treatment Options

Our staff will work with you to develop the appropriate treatment plan for your diagnosis, as well as give you hints on how to manage your allergies. Treatment may include:

  • Managing environmental triggers
  • Medication, pills or nasal sprays
  • Eye drops
  • Allergy drops

Allergy Drops – Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)

Allergy drops can mean an easier, healthier life for patients with allergies. Also known as Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), allergy drops are the latest in treatment options for allergies, replacing the need for allergy shots.

Using similar antigen as shots, allergy drops are placed under the tongue once a day, allowing patients to self-administer without regular office visits. Use of these drops may improve long-term allergy control, reduce the need for allergy medication, and reduce the number of visits to the doctor’s office.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment call us at 802.775.3314 (Rutland) or 802.366.8195 (East Dorset).

Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT 05701

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