The Center is one of the
only facilities in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region dedicated to comprehensive care of nasal, sinus and allergy disorders.
The Center is located at the Valley ENT office suite, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort.
According to the American Academy
of Otolaryngic Allergy, over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Northeastern Pennsylvania was rated the worst region
in the country for those patients having nasal allergy symptoms. These include nasal congestion, post nasal drip, teary and
itchy eyes, cough and headaches. The 2,000 square foot Sinus & Allergy Center is exclusively dedicated to allergy testing
and treatment options.
The new Sinus & Allergy Center includes two private examination rooms, two allergy
testing rooms and two allergy shot rooms. The added space also allows for two separate doctor offices and a larger waiting
room. The waiting room offers patients two computers with Internet access, a flat screen television and a variety of refreshments.
Three allergy nurses and an allergy shot technician have joined Dr. Barras and Dr. Clerico at the Center. The additional staff
and extended office hours (including Saturdays) facilitate appointment scheduling while shortening wait time in the office.
“We are pleased that allergy treatments have made a vast improvement in our patients’
lives,” notes Dr. Barras. “Not only do many patients have symptomatic relief of nasal symptoms but, in many cases,
headaches, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping have been alleviated resulting in more energy and a general feeling of wellness,”
There are three basic ways to treat allergies: avoidance, medications
and immunotherapy. Avoidance of allergens is often difficult and impractical. Medications may have side effects and can be
costly. Immunotherapy is the only means of treatment that addresses the underlying cause of allergies – a hypersensitive