At the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center, our specialist, Dr. Lin focuses on inhalant allergies; specifically those allergies caused by:
• Dust mites
• Animal dander
As an expert of the ears, nose and throat, Dr. Lin is an expert is recognizing when certain conditions of the respiratory system may actually be caused by allergies. It is important to be treated by a doctor who has expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating allergies, as allergies can contribute to many other disorders such as sinusitis, ear infections, and hoarseness.
At the Sinus Center, a patient can expect to be seen for allergy testing and know their results within the same day. Exams will usually include:
- A thorough clinical evaluation, including complete medical and family history, as allergies tend to have a genetic component.
- Allergy testing -- This is accomplished by skin testing in the office, where a small amount of several allergens are tested on the patient’s skin. Results are available 20 minutes after the test is placed. Individuals who are not candidates for skin testing can have blood tests for allergies.
- CT scan -- Your doctor will use the results of this imaging scan to nasal airways and sinuses.
- Endoscope -- Your doctor will carefully examine the inside of your nose to assess other possible conditions such as nasal polyps and sinusitis.