If it seems like your allergies get worse with age, it’s not your imagination.
“Literature has shown once you develop an allergy to one thing, you become much more likely to develop allergies to additional things,” said Dr. Christine B. Franzese, a board-certified otolaryngic allergist at Bon Secours DePaul/EVMS Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
Seasonal allergies such as ragweed and other plants are a problem, but so are pets, food, cockroaches and dust mites. Incidents of asthma seem to be increasing, as are food allergies, she said.
But allergy patients needn’t suffer. Treatment options are available, including allergy shots and allergy drops. While most people are familiar with the shots, the allergy drops are relatively new in this country, though they’ve been popular in the United Kingdom and Europe for decades, with high success rates. “The risk of having a severe allergic reaction is extremely low with the drops,” said Franzese. “They’re incredibly safe and a nice benefit is you just take these drops at home.”
Empathy for allergy sufferers
Franzese became interested in otolaryngology because of her own allergies. “I have these diseases, and I know what it’s like to suffer from them.”
In addition to treating patients’ allergies, she specializes in care of sinus problems, asthma, sleep apnea, thyroid and salivary gland disorders, and pediatric ear-nose- throat issues.
She has extensive experience with sinus surgeries and offers FESS (functional endoscopic sinus surgery) and image-guided sinus surgery as well as in-office balloon sinuplasty procedures, which relieve sinus issues without surgery.
If you’re interested in learning more about allergy treatment options from Dr. Franzese and her team of allergy specialists please call her office directly at (757) 889-5632!