New technology makes treating allergies, ear infections easier

Roanoke Valley ENT and Allergy first in the region to use TULA System

Ah-choo! Have your allergies been acting up? You're not alone.

If you’re wondering why you’re still suffering from allergies heading into the summer, Roanoke Valley ENT and Allergy has a couple of reasons why.

One, the environment is better because of stay-at-home orders in the beginning of the pandemic. If trees and grass are healthier they pollinate more, but that’s just a speculation of Dr. Paul Lenkowski, owner and CEO of Roanoke Valley ENT and Allergy.

Something else to consider is the seasons.

Trees pollinate in the spring, grass pollinates in the summer and weeds pollinate in the fall. Your allergies to each can overlap or because you’ve been allergy-free the majority of the year, it just seems a lot worse right now.

If you’ve tried to treat your allergies at home and are still suffering it could be something more and it may be time to speak with a doctor.

“A lot of people think there’s nothing you can do about it, they just say ‘This is how life is,’ but that’s not true and nowadays we have so much technology that allows us to do things quickly and easily with minimum impact on someone’s life. They should be aware that’s a possibility for them,” said Dr. Lenkowski.

Roanoke Valley ENT and Allergy has the technology that not only gives adults a better quality life but kids too.

The newest technology is the TULA System. Roanoke Valley ENT and Allergy is the second in the state and the only one in this region offering the service. It’s used to treat ear infections.

When a child has an ear infection treatment, it usually consists of a surgery to put in ear tubes and can be nerve-wracking for kids and parents.

With TULA, in just seconds ear tubes are put in with child-friendly anesthesia so they can stay awake. It’s all done during a general office visit.

“The biggest fear for parents when it comes to ear tubes is anesthesia, they’re worried about having their child be put to sleep. If we could remove that step, we can alleviate that fear, then more children might be treated and the more children we treat, the better we all do,” Dr. Lekowski said.

Fever, ear pain especially when lying down, tugging or pulling at an ear, fussiness are all common signs of an ear infection in kids.

To find a TULA doctor near you, click here.

About the Author:

Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.