Why do ENTs Treat Allergies?
Otolaryngologists (ENTs) are physician and surgeons that specialize in the treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related bodily structures. They complete 13-17 years of college and post-graduate training, including medical school, residency and sometimes fellowship. During otolaryngology residency, physicians receive training in allergy. The requirements for board certification in otolaryngology involves proficiency in diagnosis, testing and treatment of allergic diseases of the ears, nose, throat, head, neck and related structures.
An estimated 50 percent of patients presenting with an ear, nose or throat complaint will have symptoms based in or as a result of an allergic disorder. The most common of these is allergic rhinitis, but the list can range from allergic ear disease and chronic sinusitis, to swallowing dysfunction and asthma. In order to optimally manage and excel in the care of these problems, it is important for the otolaryngologist to identify and to manage allergic conditions effectively. What’s more, when the allergic condition has contributed to chronic and/or structural problems affecting the ears or sinuses, your ENT can also manage these conditions surgically or with convenient office-based procedures when necessary. This gives the otolaryngologist an edge in being able to provide comprehensive care of these conditions – both medically and surgically. For more information on ENT Allergists, click here.Call DeFatta ENT & Allergy at (715) 828-2368 for more information or to schedule an appointment.