You have allergy questions, We have allergy answers!

By: Vanessa Rosales M.A.

When does outdoor allergy season start?
It completely depends on where you live and what you are allergic to. In Georgia specifically, there are 27 different types of trees, 3 types of weeds and 6 types of grasses that are considered severe allergens. They ALL start to grow during the spring – a season that starts mid-March.

When should I start preventative medications?
One should start taking medications when the plants that trigger their allergies start to pollinate. If you haven’t already started for the spring, start now! Trees start to pollinate at the beginning of March.

Are Allergy Drops right for everyone?
In our opinion? Yes. Painless and convenient, allergy drops are specifically designed for your allergy needs and are easily taken at your own convenience. That means NO office visits! Over a three year period they treat the underlying cause of your allergies and can wipe out the symptoms all together.

What is the difference between Zyrtec and Claritin?

Zyrtec

Active Ingredient:
Cetirizine
Side Effects:
Drowsiness, dry mouth, sore throat, dizziness, headache, cough, nausea or constipation.
Half-life:
8.3 Hours
Administration Method:
Liquid syrup, tablets and chewable tablets.

Claritin

Active Ingredient:
Loratadine
Side Effects:
Headache, feeling tired or drowsy, dry mouth, nervousness, stomach pain, diarrhea, eye redness, nosebleeds, skin rash and sore throat.
Half-life:
8 Hours
Administration Method:
Liquid syrup, tablets and tablets designed to melt in the mouth.

What’s this picture of?
Allergy Test

A skin testing. In order to properly diagnose allergies, one of our physicians may order one to give to you. It is a non-invasive procedure that tests for the reaction of each allergen in a panel.

What is the recommended age kids should start getting allergy treatment?
Northwest ENT recommends that they start Allergy Immunotherapy (drops or shots) as early as 6. Kids are most commonly treated for allergic rhinitis (hay fever), nasal congestion, ear infections and food a