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Allergic Rhinitis


Many times it can be difficult for a patient to know whether a problem with the sinuses is caused by an allergy, infection, a structural problem, or some combination of these. A trained ENT physician is able to make an accurate diagnosis and treat the underlying causes of the symptoms.

Our physicians at the Raleigh-Capitol Sinus and Allergy Center specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of INHALANT allergies. Inhalant allergies may cause symptoms such as:

  • Recurrent or persistent colds
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Stuffy nose and/or runny nose
  • Recurrent or chronic sinus infection
  • Recurrent or persistent sore or swollen throat
  • Post nasal drainage
  • Recurrent or chronic upper respiratory tract symptoms
  • Recurrent ear infections.

Allergies are treated by avoiding the offending allergen(s) as much as possible and by modifying your environment to minimize your exposure to these allergens. Often, medications –such as antihistamines or nasal sprays—are also needed to control symptoms, If these medications do not control symptoms effectively, then immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is an effective treatment option.

We offer Intradermal Titration (IDT) Skin Testing to identify the specific allergens responsible for your symptoms. Once your specific allergens are identified you and your physician may determine if you are a candidate for allergy injections (subcutaneous immunotherapy) or SLIT (sublingual immunotherapy) for treatment of your allergies. 

Our method of allergy testing is the IDT method. Intradermal Dilution Testing is a method of allergy skin testing that determines whether or not an allergy exists, and also predicts the highest and safest starting dose for allergy injections (immunotherapy). Since each person’s degree of sensitivity is different, IDT helps us determine your exact degree of sensitivity to each allergen. This ‘custom fit’ approach to treatment leads to faster relief.

You can read more about allergies and hay fever from the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

All of our physicians are affiliated with Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat.


Make an appointment with one of our physicians to discuss allergy skin testing.