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Physicians Rely On ENT Software for Long Allergy Season Ahead
Many Americans are excited for autumn and ready to leave the hot days of summer behind. However, with the change of seasons a large percentage of the population has started suffering from seasonal allergies – and this year, it seems, runny noses could be a lot more common than usual. According to a recent article by weather.com, allergies this fall could be worse than any other season in recent years due to last year’s mild winter and an early spring.
For ENT specialists, the prolonged allergy season will mean more patients than usual, as many people who never suffered from allergies before will likely be affected this fall. Testing these patients for allergies – and keeping track of treatment plans and medications – will be easier for physicians using allergy EMR software. For example, if a physician conducts a spirometry test, the results can be transferred easily to the EMR and used, together with the patient’s other health information, to determine whether they have asthma.
After skin tests are performed and allergy triggers are determined, ENT specialists are able to use their EMR to establish shot regimens. Through the ENT software, physicians can document the type of shot that each patient is taking, as well as how often it is being administered. They can also keep track of over-the-counter medications, such as nasal sprays, that patients are using to combat allergens in addition to their regular shots.
ENT professionals predict that itchy eyes, runny noses, and even asthma problems will affect patients well into November until we see the first frost of the year. Until then, patients should try to avoid being outdoors when pollen levels are high – you can check estimated tree, grass and weed pollen levels on the Weather Channel’s website.
If allergy symptoms worsen, patients should see a physician who can properly treat their symptoms and document that treatment in their ENT software for future reference. Over time, untreated allergy symptoms could turn into a sinusitis, bronchitis and even asthma.