Welcome to ENT Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center in Abilene
Dr. Ashley Hall is pleased to be working with Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Abilene serving the Abilene community with knowledge regarding multiple areas of allergy.
Dr. Hall and her staff are dedicated to serving you and your children with personal and compassionate care using the latest advancements in the allergy and asthma treatment field.
Food Allergies Pediatric Allergies
Insect Sting Allergies Anaphylaxis
Skin Allergies Drug Allergies
Sinus Disease Chronic Cough
Immune System Deficiences
Do You Need Help From An Allergist?
A physician who is a specialist in diagnosing and treating asthma and other allergies is called an allergist. An allergist is trained specially to identify factors that are responsible for allergies and asthma. They are the people who can help the prevention of allergies and give treatment when they occur. A medical degree is a prerequisite along with three years of being a resident in pediatrics or internal medicine. The allergist then has to study further for another two or three years to specialize in the fields of immunology and allergy. A certification from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology will indicate that the doctor you approach for your allergy has completed all these requirements.
When Do You Need To See An Allergist?
In most cases,allergy and asthma symptoms develop gradually over a period of time. Sufferers from allergies quite often adapt to the symptoms like wheezing, nasal congestion or sneezing. With the help of an allergist, your quality of life can show a major improvement, once you control or prevent the symptoms.
It does require patience, skill and planning to gain effective control over allergies and asthma. An allergist, who has had specialized training, will develop a plan of treatment that suits you as an individual. The aim of this is to help you to live a normal life that is as free as possible, from the symptoms.
When You Visit an Allergist You Will Have to Undergo:
Allergy testing – The tests that the allergist performs on you will identify the allergens that are causing the allergy.
Prevention education – An approach that has been found very effective in the treatment of asthma and allergies, is avoidance of the factors that trigger these attacks. At times, it may not be possible to avoid allergens completely, and in these cases allergists will help you to find ways to decrease the exposure.
Medication prescriptions – Both allergies and asthma can now be treated with a number of effective medications of recent origin, that are available.
Immunotherapy or Allergy Shots – Patients are injected with two or more of the problem causing allergens every week. The strength of the injections are increased with each dose and, in most cases, the problems with allergies start reducing.
You Need Treatment From an Allergist:
* If your allergies cause you to have difficulty breathing, have nasal congestion, or chronic infections of the sinus
* If for a number of months in the year you have allergy symptoms or hay fever
* When some over the counter medicines or antihistamines cannot control your allergies, or you suffer from other side effects like drowsiness
* When performance of your daily activities are affected by allergies or asthma
* When quality of life is affected by these problems
* Asthma has been diagnosed as your problem, and the medication you take does not prevent frequent recurrence of asthma
* When asthma gives you certain warning signs like:
– You struggle to breathe
– You find yourself coughing or wheezing in the night or after exercise
– Frequent shortage of breath and a consequent tightness in the chest