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September 3, 2013

Allergies are a problem throughout the year

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Woodward, Okla. — TESTING CAN HELP CONFIRM ALLERGIES

In addition to coming to otolaryngologists like him for immunotherapy treatments, Kaiser said patients will also come to determine whether or not their problems are caused by allergies or some other illness.

When it comes to telling the difference between allergies and the common cold, Kaiser said "that's sometimes hard to do."

"The symptoms can be very similar," he said.

In addition to sneezing, he said a patient "could have a dry cough with no other symptoms or they could have itchy eyes, runny nose, itchy roof of their mouth, and itchy ears and experience any one or all of them at one time."

In some cases, he said, "they could get skin rashes, which is common in kids."

So when it comes to verifying whether a patient is suffering from allergies, Kaiser said, "That's what allergy tests are for."

He explained that he can either analyze a blood sample or perform a skin test to determine what patients are allergic to and the severity of their allergies.

This then helps him determine the best treatment options for that particular patient.

If you would like more information about allergy testing or immunotherapy treatment, you can contact ENT of Oklahoma's Lawton office at (580) 531-0022.

"Or they can call the hospital in Woodward and ask for the specialty clinic," Kaiser said.  The main number to Woodward Regional Hospital is (580) 256-5511.

In addition to the Lawton office, Kaiser said he and his partner at ENT of Oklahoma have offices in Altus, Mangum, Elk City and Woodward.

"I'm in Woodward every other Tuesday or more often as needed," he said.

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