If you have allergies, you know they can affect nearly every aspect of your daily life. At the ENT and Allergy Center of Missouri, we offer a complete, multidisciplinary approach to managing allergies and allergic disorders, including:
- Asthma and reactive airway problems. These conditions involve inflammation and swelling in your airway that make it difficult to breathe.
- Food allergies. Certain foods or beverages may cause allergic reactions.
- Inhalant allergies. Inhalant allergies may be a reaction to dust, molds, pollen, animals, weeds and trees.
- Medication allergies. Certain medications may cause allergic reactions.
- Venomous Stinging Insects. Insect stings can cause allergic reactions. We can help you determine what you're truly allergic to.
- Skin allergies. Rashes or other symptoms may indicate skin allergies.
Once you are evaluated, your physician will develop a personalized treatment plan to treat your symptoms.
Our ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors offer comprehensive diagnoses and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders.
Nasal conditions can stem from something temporary, such as a cold, or something longer lasting, such as a deviated septum. Identifying the root cause allows our team to fix or remove it and lower the chance of future blockages.
Nasal disorders include:
- Adenoid hypertrophy. This involves inflammation or abnormal growth of the lymphatic tissue in the back of your nasal cavity (more common in children).
- Deviated septum. This can occur when the bone and cartilage “wall” that divides the nasal cavity becomes displaced or broken.
- External nasal deformity. Nasal trauma, a birth defect, a nasal mass, previous nasal surgery, age-related changes or certain medical conditions may cause the nose to have an abnormal appearance.
- Obstructive sleep disorders. When the airways are completely or partially blocked during sleep, it may cause you to repeatedly—and unknowingly—stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep.
- Turbinate hypertrophy. The turbinates are curled bones that project into the nasal passages. If they become swollen, the condition can lead to chronic sinus infections or nose bleeds, difficulty breathing at night and frequent sinus congestion.
The sinuses connect to the nasal cavity by small drainage pathways. Abnormal structure, acute or chronic infections, or allergies may cause swelling of the nasal lining, which can lead to obstruction of the flow of drainage. This can set the stage for an infection within the sinuses, called sinusitis.
Factors that can contribute to sinusitis include:
- Allergies. This includes allergic reactions to things like food, pollen, weeds, medications, cosmetics, fabrics and more.
- Cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic condition that can cause severe damage to the lungs and digestive system because of thick mucus buildup in the body.
- Frequent upper respiratory infections. These include recurring infections that affect the airways, nose and throat.
- Gastric reflux. This occurs when stomach acids push up into the food pipe lining and cause irritation.
- Immune deficiencies. These are a group of disorders that increase your risk of bacterial or viral infections.
- Smoking. Smoking tobacco products or other substances can increase your risk of sinusitis.
- Structural defects of the nasal bones. This means portions of the bones in your nose are deformed causing breathing issues.