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5 Ways to Tackle Allergies This Season

Struggling with Allergies?

Life is hard enough without dealing with allergies. We’re here to help you tackle ​allergy season​ with these five tips.

1. Know what your symptoms mean.

Get frequent or long-lasting ​colds in the spring or fall​? Suffer from ​seasonal exhaustion​? This is likely due to allergies. ​Allergy testing​ can help sort this out so you get effective treatment and feel better.

2. Remove the triggers.

Many allergy sufferers try to manage their environment by ​removing triggers​ by vacuuming regularly, eliminating carpet where they can, and washing bedding regularly in hot water, as a few examples. These tips can help ​reduce allergen exposure​, but they are rarely adequate.

3. Be Aware of Oral Allergy Syndrome.

Many pollens can cross react with foods with similar proteins. A couple classic examples of

pollen-and-food pairs that exacerbate symptoms​ are ragweed and melon in the fall, or birch trees and apples in the spring. These cross reactivities can cause an ​itchy mouth or throat or tongue swelling when eating theses foods in the high season for these pollens. ​Educate yourself​ and avoid these pairings, or try cooking the offending food to help break down the proteins and improve tolerability.

4. Manage those medications.

Not all over-the-counter allergy medications are created equal. Some work well for ​sneezing and drainage​ but do very little for ​congestion​. Others can cause bothersome side effects. Some are more effective in combination. Work with the experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology to find an allergy treatment regimen that works best for you.

5. Hit allergies with your best shot.

Allergy immunotherapy is the most effective option for treating allergies. After being tested to find out what specifically you are allergic to, you may be put on an ​immunotherapy​ regimen​ that includes weekly shots or daily oral drops to ​build up tolerance​ to the offending allergen. The ​specialists at Wyoming Otolaryngology​ are expert in allergy testing and providing safe and effective allergy immunotherapy.

Ready to start the conversation when it comes to your seasonal allergies? ​
Contact us today​ ​at (307) 577-4240​.

4 Tips To Protect Your Hearing This Fourth of July

Fireworks

With Fourth of July just around the corner, we’re all getting excited for the bright light shows, delicious barbecue foods, and time spent with friends and family. One thing none of us get excited for, or maybe even think about? Hearing damage!

The leading hearing health experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology would like to help you be prepared this year with the following tips to protect your and your loved ones’ ears:

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Choosing Hearing Instruments

Cheryl Drost, Au.D.
Wyoming Otolaryngology
Casper, Wyoming

We are all familiar with the mantra, “When purchasing real estate, base your decision on Location, Location, Location.” Similarly, when making a decision to purchase hearing instruments (formerly referred to as hearing aids), follow three simple rules: provider, product and service.

Finding a provider of hearing instruments can be confusing. There are a plethora of acronyms used by those who offer hearing instruments for sale. Some have extensive education and credentials; others may have more of a sales orientation. In the recent past, Consumer Reports suggests finding a provider who is part of a medical practice—specifically, an Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) practice, specializing in hearing healthcare. This is important since hearing loss can be caused by a variety of situations. An Otolaryngology practice with an Audiology component can best serve your complete hearing healthcare needs. Since it is actually your brain that does the hearing, not just your ears, you want to make sure your provider understands the whole picture.

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The Benefits of Checking Your Hearing

“We’ve gone down probably 40 notches on the TV. You know how that goes”, Chris Crossen a patient said.

Chris Crossen couldn’t hear sounds like a siren or the TV or worse his kids.

“Not being able to hear all the things that go on or happen in the back seat of a car was a concern to me”, Crossen said.

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