Allergist | Top Rated Allergy Center in Central PA
Experienced Doctors Providing Complete Diagnosis & Treatment For All Types of Allergies
An allergy is an abnormal response of the immune system when exposed to certain substances called allergens. Allergies can manifest in many ways and negatively affect the quality of your life, and performance at school and/or work. Allergies may also result in other medical problems, such as chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, otitis media, eczema, and asthma. The doctors at MMM ENT specialize in treating a wide variety of allergies. We offer state of the art allergy testing methods and customized treatments for patients of all ages.
Inhalants (dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollen), insect stings and certain foods can cause allergic reactions. Common foods associated with allergic reactions are peanut, milk, soy, wheat, and a few others. Our body responds differently to different kinds of allergies. The onset of allergies can occur at any age, although they usually begin in childhood.
Often the symptoms of allergy develop gradually and are varied. The severity of allergies ranges from person to person. Some experience mild allergies like a small rash while others may have a life-threatening emergency like anaphylaxis.
Inhalants (dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollens), result in symptoms like
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Post-nasal drip
- Cough, and Sore throats.
Certain foods can cause allergic reactions, leading to symptoms like
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Tongue swelling, difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis
Whether it is inhalants or foods and/or stinging insects, we test for all types of allergies, and also the extent and severity of them. Testing can be done through a Blood test or Skin test. Skin testing is the most reliable for diagnosing allergies to airborne substances like dust mites, pollen. Skin testing can also be done in two ways - Skin Patch testing and Skin Prick testing.
The severity of allergies ranges from person to person. Some experience mid allergies like a small rash while others may have a life-threatening emergency like anaphylaxis.
Allergies can be treated in two ways:
If you are indeed allergic, treatment with one or more medicines can help you; examples of medicines are nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamine sprays, oral antihistamines, leukotriene modifiers, oral steroids, topical eye drops, topical creams, and inhalers.
“Really respect the doctors in this practice and truly appreciate Dr. Melnick. There is a serious lack of very good ENT doctors is our area, let alone ENTs in general, and yes, they can get busy and sometimes you wait a bit but I have never been rushed through my appointment and they have made sure I understand what is going to be done, what is going on etc. and have always been very patient and accommodating when problems arise. Frankly they are busy but I truly believe it’s more because this is a quality practice than anything and I would rather wait a bit if I have to in order to receive great care. I think it’s a small price to pay. I also talked to Dr. Melnick once about how busy they were and he told me that not only don’t they rush a patient through but because of the serious lack of doctors in their field, they try very hard to accommodate as many new patients as possible. I know this is rare as pulmonary doctors face the same problem in our area but I have yet to find one taking new non-emergent patients. My hat’s off to them for their ethics and commitment to the community.