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What We Do

Our practice can diagnose and treat a multitude of allergies, general sinus, nasal, throat and ear conditions.

Allergy treatments offered at our office include allergy relief therapy, allergy desensitization.

The practice also provides balloon sinuplasty, general sinus and nasal treatment. Treatment for snoring, correction of cosmetic and functional nasal concerns such as deviated septum repair, treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis and cutting-edge care for other problems of the head and neck to include a multitude of conditions. We specialize in allergies that affect the ears, nose, throat, and sinus disorders in adults and children. Along with snoring, voice problems, ear and hearing disorders.

Dr. Lisa Perry-Gilkes has expert training in the latest procedures, techniques, and treatment options for every nose and sinus problem.

Our focus is on disease maintenance and prevention, and our goal is to provide patients with an improved quality of life and allergy-symptom-free living.

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  • Laboratory allergy testing
  • Scratch/ prick allergy testing
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Patient education materials
  • Hospital consultations
  • 24-hour coverage for emergencies

Below you will find some helpful information about the conditions you may have of which many of these conditions we treat at
Polaris Medical Group - ENT, LLC.



What Are Allergies & How They Affect You

Allergic Rhintitis (Hay Fever)

When your immune system mistakenly identifies a normally harmless substance (called an allergen) as an intruder, you have allergic rhinitis. The immune system’s response to an allergen is to release histamine and chemical mediators that can cause symptoms in the nose, eyes, ears, throat, roof of the mouth and on the skin.
  

Allergies

Worldwide, allergies are one of the most common chronic health conditions. Symptoms range from simply making you feel miserable to dangerous life-threatening reactions.
  

Anaphylaxis

A serious, life-threatening allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is possible when the body overreacts to an allergen. The most common anaphylactic reactions are to medications, food, insect stings, and latex.
  

Asthma Worsened by Allergies

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways, or bronchial tubes, in the lungs. These airways allow air to come in and out of the lungs. It’s a serious disease that must be diagnosed and treated quickly and thoroughly.
  

Chronic Cough Caused by Allergies

A cough is considered chronic if it occurs for eight weeks or more in a patient. We have expertise in allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) and sinus infections, which can contribute to postnasal drainage (a common cause of chronic cough).
  

Drug Allergies

An allergic reaction to medication occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a normally harmless substance which triggers an allergic reaction. Sensitivities to drugs may produce similar symptoms but do not involve the immune system.
  

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE)

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic allergic/immune condition recently recognized that involves inflammation or swelling of the esophagus, caused by large numbers of white blood cells in the tissue of the esophagus.
  

Food Allergies

When your immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in a food, you have a food allergy. Sometimes symptoms can occur when coming in contact with just a tiny amount of the food.
  

Immune Deficiency

When part of the body’s immune system is either absent or not functioning properly, it can result in an immune deficiency disease. When the cause is hereditary or genetic, it’s called a primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD).
  

Insect Allergy

The average person who has ever been bitten by an insect usually develops redness and swelling from the bite/sting. People who are allergic to the venom of stinging insects, however, are at risk for a very serious reaction called anaphylaxis.
  

Skin Allergies

An allergic skin condition happens when an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system reaction. Irritated skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including immune system disorders, infections and medications.
  

Sore Throats

Allergies may lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to "post-nasal drip." It can lead to cough, sore throats, and a husky voice.
  

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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. An otolaryngologist can help you to determine where the anatomic source of your snoring may be, and offer solutions for this noisy and often embarrassing behavior.

What causes snoring?
The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with the tonsils and adenoids

What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and keep the throat muscles tense in order to keep airflow to the lungs. Untreated, he or she may be sleepy during the day, which impairs job performance and makes him or her a hazardous driver or equipment operator. This also, increases the risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and many other medical problems.

An examination can reveal if the snoring is caused by nasal allergy, infection, nasal obstruction, or enlargement of tonsils and adenoids.  Often times a sleep study in a laboratory or at home may be necessary to determine if snoring is due to OSA.

 All snorers with any of the following symptoms should be evaluated for possible obstructive sleep apnea:
•     Witnessed episodes of breath pauses or apnea during sleep
•     Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
•     High blood pressure
•     Heart disease
•     History of a stroke


    Epworth Sleepiness Scale    
 Choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = no chance of dozing
1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping

 Situation

Sitting and reading   
Watching TV  
Sitting inactive in a public place   
As a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more   
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permits   
Sitting and talking to someone   
Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol    
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic    

Total score (add the scores up)

(This is your Epworth score

Chance of Dozing or Sleeping
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If you score 8 or more, we recommend you come in to see us. Dr. Perry-Gilkes will further evaluate the best way to treat your possible sleep disorder, while addressing any underlying condition affecting your sleep. 


Aerosinusitis, also called barosinusitis, sinus squeeze or sinus barotrauma
Most cases occur in Pilots, flight attendants and scuba divers, and can be easily diagnosed. Sinus barotrauma or aerosinusitis has been known since the early development of aviation medicine. The majority of episodes of sinus barotrauma occur in the frontal sinuses with pain localized over the frontal area. Mild cases of barotrauma are readily treated by topical decongestants and painkillers. In severe cases or cases resistant to local treatment, functional endoscopic sinus surgery is indicated in order to re-establish drainage and ventilation of the sinuses. This treatment has shown good results in aviators suffering from recurrent sinus barotrauma.

Pilots


We Treat Children Too!

Child

Pediatric Sinusitis

Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Unlike in adults, pediatric sinusitis is difficult to diagnose because symptoms of sinusitis can be caused by other problems, such as viral illness and allergy.

How Do I Know when My Child Has Sinusitis?

The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child:

•    a cold lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever
•    thick yellow-green nasal drainage
•    post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or
      vomiting
•    headache, usually in children age six or older
•    irritability or fatigue
•    swelling around the eyes.

Young children are more prone to infections of the nose, sinus, and ears, especially in the first several years of life. These are most frequently caused by viral infections (colds), and they may be aggravated by allergies. However, if your child remains ill beyond the usual week to ten days, a sinus infection may be the cause.

How Allergies Affect Your Child's EAR, NOSE & THROAT

Help for your little cutie can be difficult to pinpoint the cause when your child is showing signs of discomfort, but you should always be suspicious of an ear infection if your child is showing one or more of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Frequent Pulling at the Ears

If you believe that your child has an ear infection, do not panic. Remember, infections of the ears are very common in infants and children. Catching the infection early will ensure that you can help your child remain comfortable and adequately treat the condition.

Ear infections

One of children’s most common medical problems is otitis media, or middle ear infection. In most cases, allergies are not the main cause of ear infections in children under two years old. But in older children, allergies may play role in ear infections, fluid behind the eardrum, or problems with uncomfortable ear pressure. Diagnosing and treating allergies may be an important part of healthy ears.

Children

Medical Intervention

We may prescribe antibiotics to treat a severe or persistent ear infection. We may recommend that you keep track of the number of ear infections that your child experiences over time. If your baby is diagnosed with four or more ear infections within one year, or three infections before six months time, your doctor may recommend surgery to implant tubes to help the ear drain properly.

Tubes will help your baby’s ear to ventilate and prevent him or her from accumulating bacteria from built up fluids. Implanting tubes within the ear is an outpatient surgery and minimally invasive, taking about 15 minutes to complete. Though anesthesia is required, your baby will be acting like his or her normal self again very soon after the procedure has been completed. The tubes normally fall out on their own after six months to one year.

Parents should remain on the lookout for ear infections plaguing their babies to protect them from the damage that persistent infections could potentially cause. If you suspect that your child is so afflicted, be proactive. Try to treat the ear infection at home initially, visit your doctor if you are concerned that the infection is not going away and discuss the option of your baby having surgery to implant tubes if they have experienced multiple infections over a short period of time.