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Screening for allergies is important in determining the cause of your troubling symptoms, and also in identifying the specific allergens that trigger your reactions. Identifying the specific cause of your symptoms lets you avoid these triggers as much as possible to reduce the frequency of symptoms.
There are several different tests available to identify allergens. Blood tests are among the most common, and screen the blood for any type of allergy indicators. This test scans the blood for any antibodies that are made in response to allergens. The most common blood test is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), which measures the amount of immunoglobin E in the blood. While blood tests can screen the body for a wide range of allergies that may not even produce symptoms, they are not as sensitive as other types of tests.
Skin tests use specific allergens to see if they trigger reactions on the skin. This can be done by placing a tiny drop of a solution on a needle and scratching the skin, or taping the solution to the skin for 24 to 72 hours. This test will identify specific reactions, but may require extensive testing in order to determine your specific triggers.
You may need to stop taking antihistamines or other medications before undergoing these tests, so speak to your doctor in order to achieve the most effective results.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is the most common type of surgery for chronic sinusitis performed today. FESS is performed using a small endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera at the end) inserted through the nostril. This minimally invasive procedure has significantly improved the results of sinus surgery. Advantages of FESS include a shorter recovery time, reduced risk of infection, decreased postoperative pain, and less scarring.
Hearing testing and balance problems are often inter-related conditions, as part of the inner ear (known as the labyrinth) interacts with other body systems like the eyes, bones and joints to maintain balance. Problems within the vestibular (ear) system can cause balance problems, which affect over 2 million people each year.
A balance disorder is a complex condition that causes feelings of unsteadiness, wooziness and sensations of spinning, moving or floating. Some of the most common balance disorders include:
Treatment for hearing and balance disorders involves treating the underlying cause of the condition, which may be done through hearing aids, ear tubes, surgery or other treatments. Your doctor will decide which treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
www.gnresound.com (ReSound hearing aids)
www.siemens-hearing.com (Siemens hearing instruments)
www.vestibular.org (Vestibular Disorders Association)
www.ata.org (American Tinnitus Association)
www.sotheworldmayhear.org (Starkey Hearing Foundation)
www.asha.org/public/ (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
Immunotherapy is a type of biologic therapy used to treat cancer or improve the effectiveness of other cancer treatments by stimulating the immune system to work harder. There are several different types of immunotherapy that can be used, depending on each patient's individual condition.
Some of the most common types of immunotherapy include:
Like other forms of cancer treatment, there are certain side effects associated with immunotherapy treatment, including flu-like symptoms of a fever, chills and nausea, as well as rashes, swelling and fatigue. Talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience to ensure that no significant damage is occurring.