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What is an Allergy?

An allergy is a hypersensitivity to foreign substances which are normally harmless . Typical allergic reactions are hay fever, migraine, asthma, allergic rhinitis, digestive disturbances, conjunctivitis, urticaria, eczema, recurrent sinusitis and ear infections. Common allergens include pollen, dust, moulds, cosmetics and different food items.

Allergies are of many types-

Seasonal nasal allergy If allergies bother you only at certain times of year, like in the spring when the trees begin to bloom, you have "hay fever," or seasonal nasal allergies.

Perennial Nasal Allergy If your allergies seem to be with you all year long, you have perennial nasal allergies.

You can also have food and drug allergies, latex allergies, insect allergies, skin allergies and eye allergies.

Allergy Clinic

Kataria Eye &ENT Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Jalandhar has started an Allergy Clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of allergy problems. In this age of increasing pollution and use of chemicals ,the incidence of allergic problems has increased steadily . Kataria Eye & ENT Hospital has set-up an allergy management clinic to help in the diagnosis and treatment of allergy problems. Prick test ,which is considered to be the standard test for determining the cause of allergy has been introduced . After the cause of the allergy is identified , symptoms of the patient can be treated accordingly. The best way to manage an allergy is to avoid the substances that cause the allergic symptoms. Therefore it is very important to first identify the substances (allergens) causing the allergic reaction and then a combination of treatment modalities, including avoidance of the allergens, medication and immunotherapy is initiated

Tips to reduce allergy

For Dust sensitive people, avoidance of dusty environments is crucial. Most people cannot control the dust conditions where they work but to a large extent everyone can reduce the dust load from their bedroom. This is the single most important and effective step in treatment. When symptoms suggest an allergy to dust mites , extensive cleaning of the house is mandatory.

Remove any rugs and carpets. For dust-sensitive people, bare hardwood or vinyl floors are preferable. If it is impossible to remove carpeting, a low pile is recommended.

Clean the house regularly as we spend one third of our lives in the bedroom; therefore, it is necessary to put on a dust mask and vacuum the room vigorously every day, and clean thoroughly every week. Throw rugs are better than carpeting, because they can be washed weekly in hot water. Products that kill mites are available and include benzyl benzoate to decrease the presence of the allergen in carpets.

Keep humidity low. Avoid humidifiers, because dust mites multiply in a humid environment.

Dust-proof the bedding. The bed should have mite-proof covers that completely encase the mattress and pillows. This is necessary even if the bedding is new. The pillows and mattresses should be made of fiber or coir rather than cotton.

Discard any feather or down pillows or quilts. Hypoallergenic pillows and washable blankets are preferable.

Eliminate other dust-catchers. If possible, remove all upholstered furniture, drapes, old books and newspapers, stuffed animals, even knickknacks. Use wooden or metal chairs, and lightweight fabric curtains.

Mattresses contain the highest concentration of dust mites, whose primary food source is flakes off human skin. The tiny creatures are also found in pillows, clothing, carpeting and upholstered furniture.

If both parents have allergies, their child has a 75% chance of having allergies. If one parent is allergic, or if relatives on the side of the family have allergies, then the child has about a 50% chance of developing allergies

Meet Doctors


Dr. Harish Nanda

M.B.B.S, M.S
ENT Specialist

SPECIALITY: Microscopic Ear Surgery/ Endoscopic Sinus Surgery / Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Harish Nanda, Consulting Otorhinolarygologist is known for his excellent rapport with his patients. He did his graduation & post graduation from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Ludhiana in 1998.Since then he has worked under some of the top specialists in his field, which include fellowships under Dr. Heine Stamburger from Austria .He did his senior residency at Batra Cancer & Research Institute Delhi and Oswal Hospital Ludhiana and worked in Guru Nanak Mission Charitable Hospital Jalandhar for three years.

With excellent results in all his surgeries especially Laser/ Coablation and Microdebrider assisted FESS and Adenotonsillectomies and Reverse Stapedotomy ,he has garnered a reputation for being one of the best ENT Surgeons in Northern India.He has also attended a number of National & International conferences and also conducted live surgical workshops along with the best surgeons in the field of ENT at Kataria Eye & ENT Hospital Pvt. Ltd.

The Hospital has had the pleasure of having him for more than 20 years. He has been the driving force behind the total renovation and technical advancement of the hospital which is functioning since 1977.