Allergic Rhinitis and Sinusitis
Allergic rhinitis (“allergies”) occurs when the body’s immune system over-responds to specific particles such as plant pollens, molds, dust mites, animal hair, foods, medicines and more.  Symptoms of allergic rhinitis may include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion,  nasal drainage and itchy eyes.  There is a close relationship between allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.  Sinusitis is often preceded by allergic rhinitis.
Quality of Life
Allergic Rhinitis is a very common health problem that affects nearly 1/4 of all Americans and results in a decreased quality of life.  Medical management costs of allergic rhinitis are substantial with more than $1 billion spent on medical management of allergic rhinitis each year in the United States.  The discomfort involved in recurrent acute rhinosinusitis can lead to work absenteeism and substantially decreased productivity.  Each sinus infection can last as long as 4 weeks.
How ENT Specialists Can Help


The first step in therapy is to confirm a patient’s allergies through allergy testing.  ENT Specialists offers a simple blood test called Specific IgE testing.  Many patients prefer Specific-IgE testing because it only requires one simple blood draw, and the patient does not have to stop taking any medications with this test.


ENT Specialists offers sublingual immunotherapy as a treatment for allergies.  Sublingual immunotherapy involves putting drops of allergen extracts under the tongue.  The allergy drops are customized to a person’s problematic allergens.  This form of immunotherapy has been used for years in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia and has been proven safe and effective in numerous studies.  The World Health Organization has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection immunotherapy. Unlike traditional subcutaneous therapy (allergy shots), sublingual immunotherapy is completely shot-free.

Benefits to Sublingual Therapy:

  • Sublingual immunotherapy has been shown in multiple studies to be effective in treating allergic rhinitis in both adults and children.  Other countries have been using this therapy to treat allergic rhinitis for many years.
  • Sublingual immunotherapy has been shown to be helpful in asthma and in preventing the development of new sensitivities to allergens.
  • Sublingual immunotherapy is very safe.  If a reaction occurs, it is usually very mild.
  • Sublingual immunotherapy does not involve the use of needles.
  • Sublingual immunotherapy allows for administration to be performed at home, so frequent, time-consuming clinic visits are not required.
Next Steps

If you would like to discuss your allergy and sinus symptoms and see if you may be a candidate for sublingual immunotherapy, call us at 402-397-0670 to make an appointment for an allergy consultation.

Learn More

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Specific IgE Testing

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How does Sublingual Immunotherapy Work?

Why Sublingual Immunotherapy?

Reactions to Sublingual Immunotherapy

Benefits and Drawbacks

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