Medications Oralair, Grastek, Ragwitek are designed to treat grass pollen-induced rhinitis, ragweed allergies
Practice Focus » Allergy
What are the risk factors for progression and airway intervention of angioedema after initial evaluation?
What is the optimum amount of reverse Trendelenburg position to reduce bleeding without compromising surgical technique in endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS)?
How safe and effective is subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), particularly single allergen regimens, for treating allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma?
When patients with allergic rhinitis don’t respond to medical therapy, an otolaryngologist’s arsenal of treatment includes surgical options. Among these is radiofrequency (RF) turbinate reduction, also known as RF turbinate ablation or turbinoplasty, an office procedure that advocates say is cost-effective and minimally invasive, with fewer complications than other surgical remedies. Some otolaryngologists, however, are still hesitant to use this relatively new therapy.
Allergic rhinitis among the elderly poses a particularly difficult diagnostic challenge for the otolaryngologist. As people age, they undergo immunosenescence. The thymus, which produces T cells against new invaders, atrophies markedly after adolescence, and this decline results in a less robust immune response to bacteria, viruses and presumably allergens (J Pathol. 2007;211(2):144-156). Consequently, physicians have assumed that allergies should decline as people age.