Our practice has one of the only facilities in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region dedicated to comprehensive care of nasal, sinus and allergy disorders. Our allergy practice 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.
“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,” he continued.
There are three basic ways to treat allergies: avoidance, medications and immunotherapy.
Traditional allergy shots have, until recently, been the only immunotherapy option for patients who find that medications do not reduce their symptoms. Valley ENT Sinus & Allergy Center is the first in the area to offer allergy drops (sublingual immunotherapy) as a treatment option.
Allergy drops are delivered under the tongue and can be safely taken at home. Initial in-office testing is done to determine proper dosage and periodic follow-up visits are scheduled to monitor progress. This immunotherapy treatment option eliminates weekly trips to the office for allergy shots and may provide relief in a few weeks.
Sublingual immunotherapy is not currently covered by medical insurances and costs approximately $15 per week. For many patients the cost is equal to current medication co-pays. For others, the convenience of not missing time at work or school more than offsets the cost. It is also ideal for children since no needles are used. The Sinus & Allergy Center will continue to provide allergy shots for those patients who prefer that treatment method.
“We are excited about offering the treatment option of allergy drops,” says Dr. Clerico, “which will not only safely improve our patient’s allergy symptoms but also eliminate the inconvenience of coming in for weekly shots.” Dr. Clerico continued, “It also eases ‘needle dread’ and that is a wonderful thing, especially for children.”
A breakthrough treatment for Chronic Rhinitis
Do you suffer from a frequent runny nose, congestion and post nasal-drip? You may be one of the more than 24 million Americans who suffer from frequent inflammation of the nose called chronic rhinitis.1 This can be caused by impulses from a nerve deep in the nasal cavity called the posterior nasal nerve. These impulses may be stimulated by allergens or irritants in the air, changes in weather, medications, or certain foods.
Valley ENT is the first practice in Northeastern PA and one of the select practices in the country that offers a unique treatment solution for adults with these frustrating chronic rhinitis symptoms. The ClariFix® solution is the first and only FDA cleared device for adults with chronic rhinitis. ClariFix® cryotherapy goes to the root of the problem - the inflamed nasal lining and the underlying nerves - for lasting symptom relief.
The device delivers freezing cold temperatures to the posterior nasal nerve, interrupting the signals that cause running, dripping and nasal stuffiness. A clinical study demonstrated a significant decrease in runny nose & congestion symptoms with 4 out of 5 patients reporting long-lasting relief after ClariFix®
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2 HwangHwang P, et al. “Cryosurgical Posterior Nasal Tissue Ablation for the Treatment of Rhinitis.” Int Forum Allergy P, Rhinol. 2017 Oct;7(10):952Rhinol.