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Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis P.C

top-allergist-sinusitis-nycOur practice, Advanced Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis P.C., is located in the heart of Manhattan, New York, just a block away from Grand Central Station. It is a new type of practice dedicated to providing the most up-to-date treatment for adult and pediatric patients with allergy, asthma, sinus disease or disorders of the immune system. We offer world-class expertise and the highest standards in diagnostic testing and treatment for allergy, asthma and sinus disease.

Our treatment plans are based upon the latest practice parameters and recommendations in our field as published by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

At Advanced Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis P.C., we make extraordinary efforts to stay current in our field by attending relevant regional, national and international conferences and reviewing the current literature, textbooks and online databases. Dr. Boyan Hadjiev is fellowship-trained and board-certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. We firmly believe that having a board certification makes the physician more proficient and knowledgeable in the field of allergy/immunology and sinus disease.

Please visit our Common Allergic Problems page for a list of conditions we treat and their descriptions.
 


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What Is Histamine? How Is It Related to Allergies?

what-is-histamine-allergy-01If you struggle with allergies, chances are you have heard the word “histamine.” You have probably also heard about (and taken) antihistamines. Perhaps you have wondered what histamines are and why they cause so much grief for allergy sufferers.

Histamine is supposed to help your body fight off microbes that cause disease. So histamine should be one of the good guys. Unfortunately, sometimes the process goes wonky, especially when the body targets allergens as “dangerous.” That’s when histamine goes overboard and causes discomfort.

To understand how histamine is related to allergies, let’s look at the role of histamine in the body. Specifically, we will look at how histamine is involved in the body’s defensive immune response.

Histamine: A Natural Immune Response

what-is-histamine-need-nyc-allergist-03Your body has an amazing ability to fight off microbes that try to attack it. This is known as an immune response. When harmful bacteria or a virus invades, your body is primed to respond. A chain reaction is set into motion to neutralize and get rid of the invader.

This immune response is natural and is meant to protect your body. Histamine plays a role in this defense process.

Immune Cells that Release Histamine

Your body has something called mast cells that live in the tissues of the body. When a threat is present, the mast cells release histamines and other substances to help fight off the threat.

You also have a type of white blood cells called basophils. They also release histamine as part of your body’s immune response.

What Exactly Is Histamine?

Histamine is a chemical compound that plays an important role in the body’s immune response.

Among its many other functions, histamine helps white blood cells move through the walls of blood vessels to fight off the invader.

Histamine Goes Overboard with Allergies

When the invader is an allergen (rather than a dangerous microbe), and when that allergen is present all the time – like pollen at certain times of the year – histamine goes overboard in its response. That’s how histamine is related to allergies and to those symptoms that make you so uncomfortable.

How Allergies Affect Histamine

histamine-reaction-info-allergies-nyc-02Allergies cause an excessive amount of histamine to be released in the body. Remember, histamine is supposed to help the body fight off microscopic invaders. But when histamine is released and no dangerous invaders are present, the results can be frustrating. You sniffle, sneeze, and cough. Your head hurts, and you feel achy. And it just keeps on.

Here is what happens on a microscopic level. With allergies, the body has decided that basic environmental substances are dangerous. The body attacks a dust mite or pollen as if it is bent on total destruction. The body overreacts.

Histamine to the Rescue (Sort of)

Remember those mast cells? They have proteins (called antibodies) that bind to them. You can think of those antibodies like sentries in a guard tower. They keep a close watch for particular allergens. When they see that allergen, the antibodies jump all over it to get rid of it.

When those antibodies go to work, trying to neutralize the allergen, the mast cells send out histamine to do its part of the job. You can think of histamine as the gatekeeper who makes the blood vessel walls permeable, so all those white blood cell troops can pour out.

Unfortunately, the excessive histamine response also makes you miserable. If you continue to breathe in those allergens, the chain of misery just continues, with no relief.

Histamine in an Allergic Reaction

Let’s look more closely at histamine’s role and how this is related to allergies.

Histamine’s Effect on Blood Vessels

histamine-allergic-reaction-symptoms-runny-nose-04Histamine increases the ability of white blood cells to flow through the walls of blood vessels. This helps get more white blood cells quickly to surround and fight off whatever the body thinks is attacking.

Because the walls of the blood vessels become more permeable during this process, fluid also flows through and into the body. This excess of fluid is what causes the runny nose you might associate with allergies.

Histamine and Inflammation

The movement of blood cells, proteins, and fluid to the site of attack – whether in the mucus membranes, respiratory system, skin, or gut – also leads to inflammation, congestion, and sometimes constricted airways, as in asthma.

Even though histamine is supposed to help your body, in the case of allergic reactions, it simply makes you feel all those awful symptoms, sometimes to the extreme.

Help for Histamine Sufferers

There is no reason to let histamine make you feel helpless. If you suffer from chronic allergic reactions, our allergist can help you. He will conduct an exam and a thorough review of your medical history. He will formulate a testing and treatment plan that is right for you.

Don’t wait until your next allergic reaction. Call Dr. Hadjiev right here in the heart of New York City and make an appointment today.

What Is an Allergist and What Do They Do?

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Allergies can make you feel miserable. Maybe you dread certain times of the year, when you start coughing and sneezing, and it doesn’t seem to end. Perhaps your allergies can strike year round. Maybe you are hesitant to eat certain foods because you’ve experienced an allergic reaction. Or the great outdoors isn’t so great anymore because you have developed an insect allergy. Whatever allergies you have, they can make everyday life difficult.

If you suffer with allergies, you might be relieved to know there is a doctor who specializes in helping you feel better. An allergist, like Dr. Hadjiev here in New York City, is a doctor whose specialty is diagnosing and treating medical conditions and diseases related to allergies. The allergist also helps patients with allergy management and prevention. Your allergist’s goal is to help you breathe easy and enjoy your life.

Allergists Understand How Allergies Affect You

allergic-reactions-spring-pollen-nyc-allergist-02Allergies can be complex. Allergic reactions can be as unique as you are. You need a specialist who has studied the body’s immune responses in depth. The allergist knows what signs to look for, how to test for and diagnose allergies, and how to create a treatment plan that will quickly get you on the path to recovery.

Allergists work with all kinds of allergies. If you suffer from allergy symptoms when you are around common substances like pollen, dust mites, or air mold, your allergist can help. Allergists also help patients who struggle with food allergies, pet allergies, or any other kind of allergy you can think of. Your allergist knows how to help your body stop overreacting to everything around it.

If your allergies affect your skin – like rashes, hives, and eczema – your allergist is trained to intervene and help you get better. If you are prone to asthma, your allergist’s training will be valuable in improving your breathing and your quality of living. Allergists also diagnose and treat sinusitis, looking for underlying causes to bring relief from year-round sinus infections. They can even help you identify structural causes of frequent sinusitis.

Because allergists focus on immune disorders, they also work with patients who struggle with autoimmune illnesses and immune deficiencies.

What Do Allergists Do?

skin-test-for-allergies-allergist-03When you make an appointment to see our New York City allergist, Dr. Hadjiev, he will take your medical history, including your history of allergies. He will look at your family’s health and allergy history as well. He will also consider factors in your living and working environments that may contribute to your allergies.

As an allergist, Dr. Hadjiev also performs allergy tests. He diagnoses and plans a treatment that is right for your health and well-being. Treatments may include medications for symptoms, as well as immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots. Immunotherapy is a preventive measure against future allergic reactions. It helps your body stop overreacting. Your allergist will also help you take preventive measures in your daily environment to minimize your exposure to allergens in your home.

If you are sick and tired of the way allergies treat you, come and let Dr. Hadjiev treat your allergies so you can live a healthier life.

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What Am I Allergic to? How Do I Find out and Treat it? 

allergic-reactions-symptoms-treatment-info-01You start sneezing or coughing for no apparent reason. Your skin itches or breaks out in a rash, and you don’t know why. Your eyes water and your throat become irritated, just out of the blue. Sometimes you experience headaches or stomach cramps too. While all of these symptoms may point to any number of diseases, they are also common to allergies.

Why Allergic Reactions Make You Feel Sick

When you have an allergic reaction, your body responds in a hostile way to something called an “allergen.” An allergen can be any common substance found in nature, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, or food. While these natural substances are usually harmless, sometimes your body may get confused and decide this allergen is a threat that must be eliminated quickly. Your immune system starts attacking the pollen you breathed in, or the dust mite residue where it touched your skin, or the food you ate. The result is that you start feeling those allergic symptoms that make you so uncomfortable.

Allergic Reactions Are Complex

The problem with allergic reactions is that it’s hard to guess what the trigger was. Your body is complex, and so is the environment. Was it the cat, or the peanut butter sandwich, or the pollen coming in through the open window? Was it more than one trigger? If so, which one was the worst? Which one caused your runny nose, and which one made your skin itch? Are your allergies seasonal? And most importantly, what can you do to get rid of your symptoms and minimize the triggers?

It is hard to answer these questions on your own, and you may be feeling overwhelmed. All you know is the symptoms are making you miserable. No matter what you try, it just doesn’t seem to get better.

Allergy Answers and Treatments

what-m-i-allergic-to-top-nyc-expert-02That’s where allergy tests, diagnosis, and a treatment plan can make a huge difference for you. Our allergist, Dr. Hadjiev, is here to lift the confusion and find accurate answers.

When you come to see Dr. Hadjiev, he will take a medical history and provide a medical exam. This will help him determine how to test for and treat your allergies. With allergy tests, he can pinpoint what you are allergic to and how those allergens affect your body.

Find out Exactly What You Are Allergic to

allergic-test-allergist-top-nyc-03With the help of our allergist, you can stop guessing and start discovering exactly what you are allergic to. Instead of feeling miserable all the time and trying to avoid every possible trigger, you will know exactly what is causing your allergic reactions and how to treat it. Imagine the freedom this will give you to start enjoying your life.

Our allergist will be able to treat your current allergic symptoms so you can start to feel better. He will also design a treatment plan to help minimize your allergic reactions in the future.

In the case of severe allergies, he can also help you create a crisis plan. You will know exactly what to do if you have a sudden severe reaction, whether it’s to a certain food or a bee sting. You will have the medicine you need on hand, as well as the know-how to stay calm and get the help you need.

Allergy Help Is Here for You

Allergies can seem so complicated and overwhelming when you try to go through it alone. Allergens are everywhere, and it’s exhausting trying to fight them all the time. What a relief to find an allergist who can come alongside you and help you find answers, freedom, and a better life.

You don’t need to guess what is causing your allergic reaction. You don’t need to figure this out alone. Call our office today, and Dr. Hadjiev will start working with you to find what you are allergic to and treat it.

212-319-5282

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The Future of Allergies and Treatments

future-of-allergic-treatments-allergist-nyc-02It seems allergies are becoming more commonplace and awareness of allergies is increasing. From food allergies to environmental allergies, many people talk about how much they are suffering. People who have never suffered with allergies find themselves experiencing new allergic reactions. Lifelong sufferers are finding their symptoms more frequent, extreme, and long-lasting. Allergies affect children (even newborns) and adults. In the midst of so much suffering, is there any good news for the future of allergies and treatments?

Here Is Some Good News about Allergies

  • Current methods of allergy treatment through medication have helped many people find relief from their allergic symptoms.
  • The use of epinephrine has helped many individuals recover from severe allergic reactions.
  • Food awareness and education have helped people with food allergies find safer foods to eat.
  • The prevalence of all kinds of allergies has raised awareness of the need for more research and education. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/treating-food-allergies

Allergists like Dr. Hadjiev here in New York City are working every day to bring healing so allergy patients can experience a better future.

Targeting Allergies for a Better Future

what-are-treatment-options-allergies-allergist-03Following are just a few of the areas where research is targeting allergies to bring about better future treatments for allergy sufferers:

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a medical intervention designed to slowly introduce a small and controlled amount of an identified allergen into the body. The purpose is to help the body become less sensitive to the allergen, to help minimize allergic reactions over time.

Historically, immunotherapy for allergies has been given by injection into the skin – commonly known as allergy shots. Tablets have been introduced and approved on a limited basis for hay fever and dust mites. Immunotherapy has been most adaptable and effective for environmental allergies. It has been considered ineffective or risky for food allergies because of the danger of severe and immediate allergic reactions.

Much international research has targeted possible new methods of immunotherapy with hopes for the future. One alternative being examined is the potential use of sublingual drops. This method is still being studied and evaluated by many allergy treatment regulatory bodies worldwide.

Research is targeting more effective and rapid methods for immunotherapy. While allergy patients have achieved significant improvement through immunotherapy, the process takes time because the allergens are introduced slowly and in small amounts. Researchers are hoping to find safe and effective ways to speed up this process.

Epinephrine

future-of-allergies-and-testing-2019-01Research shows the effectiveness of epinephrine for anaphylaxis. Those epinephrine prescriptions save lives. Prescriptions must be accompanied by an emergency treatment and response plan. The patient and family need to be taught ahead of time what steps to take in a severe allergic reaction.

Research also shows how epinephrine is not utilized as much as it should be, especially for children. The future of treatment for allergies will ideally include better utilization of epinephrine to help children recover from severe allergic reactions. Here in New York City, our allergist, Dr. Hadjiev, will be your family’s partner in creating the best treatment and emergency plan for your child’s severe allergies.

Food Awareness

The future of treatment for food allergies includes elimination of trigger foods from a person’s diet. Thanks to research and greater public awareness, food companies are becoming more compliant about disclosing potential allergens. Individuals with allergies have also become more aware of how to read food labels and learn what ingredients to avoid.

While allergy education for the public is still a work in progress, people are increasingly aware to be sensitive to those with food allergies. In classrooms, on student field trips, at catered work conferences, and at public events, common allergens like tree nuts and peanuts are often omitted from menus. For other types of food allergies, individuals have the ability to request alternatives, even for catered box lunches at conferences.

Allergists like Dr. Hadjiev here in New York City help to create public awareness and provide ongoing patient education. Through testing and a comprehensive treatment plan, our allergist can help you make the best dietary decisions regarding your food allergies.

A Better Future for Allergy Sufferers Starts Today

While it seems more people are becoming allergic, and you may hear about allergies more often, there is good news after all. Research, awareness, education, testing, and treatment plans are all promising for the future of allergies.

If you suffer from allergies and want to start your better life today, call Dr. Hadjiev today at 212-319-5282, New York City’s allergist who is working for your future.

Signs and Symptoms of a Bad Allergy

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When the air fills with pollen, people start sneezing and wheezing. Even the most common allergies can cause extreme discomfort and put a damper on your lifestyle. But sometimes allergies are so severe they can threaten your health and even your life. It’s important to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of a bad allergy, so you can get help.

Common Allergy Symptoms

You may be familiar with common symptoms of allergies: runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin.

Common allergic reactions can also include coughing or sneezing. You may develop a skin rash. Or possibly nausea.

You may think you have a cold or stomach bug, but it might also be allergies. A trip to see our allergist can help alleviate these symptoms. Our allergist can determine if you have an allergy and can diagnose the triggers of your allergy. He can design a course of treatment to help you feel better.

Signs of a Bad Allergy

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While a mild allergic reaction is bad enough, sometimes allergies can be severe. A bad allergy can cause severe swelling that can affect breathing. The result may be an attack of asthma or anaphylaxis.

With a bad allergy, swelling can affect the mouth or the extremities. The lungs and airways may also become constricted. Breathing, speech, and swallowing may be limited.

A bad allergy may be caused by a reaction to food, pet dander, an insect bite, or even a medication. Symptoms can come on suddenly.

Symptoms of Asthma

With asthma, the lungs become inflamed. It becomes difficult to take in air. Someone suffering from asthma may experience sudden shortness of breath or wheezing, or even difficulty breathing. An allergist can give you medication to treat your asthma and minimize the chance of an atta

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Signs of Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is an even more extreme allergic reaction in which the airways and throat are severely constricted. The lack of oxygen to the lungs and severe drop in blood pressure can cause the person to pass out. Signs can include shortness of breath, dizziness, abnormal pulse, nausea, or possibly a rash.

Anaphylaxis can occur very quickly and requires immediate medical assistance. Both asthma and anaphylaxis can be life threatening.

These conditions are not something to take lightly. If you experience symptoms of a bad allergy, contact emergency medical care immediately. If you have had a severe allergic episode in the past, even if you recovered quickly, it is important to follow up with an allergist to be properly diagnosed and treated.

Symptoms of a Bad Allergy? Help Is Available

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If you are suffering from a bad allergy, or if you have ever experienced signs and symptoms of a severe allergy, it is important to see an allergist as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the situation becomes dire. And don’t take a chance on a repeat incident.

Our allergist can help alleviate your symptoms and diagnose the nature of your allergies. If you have experienced signs of a bad allergy, our allergist will also help you come up with a strategy that will help you quickly in an emergency. This might include carrying an inhaler for asthma or an epinephrine injector for anaphylaxis, as well as teaching your family, friends, and co-workers what to do in case of an emergency. He will also come up with a plan to manage your treatment so you can minimize your bad allergic reactions.

If you have experienced signs or symptoms of a bad allergy, or if you suffer the daily discomfort of mild allergies, Dr. Hadjiev can help. Don’t let allergies ruin your life. Call today for an appointment and get allergy relief.

212-319-5282

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/understanding-anaphylaxis-basics#1
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma-attack/symptoms-causes/syc-20354268
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351497

Nut Allergies: Information and Treatment

Nut allergies are an unpleasant challenge. When you have allergic reactions to nuts, you have to be so careful of what you eat. This can be exhausting.

Nut Allergies Are Stressful

top-nyc-allergist-for-nut-allergies-specialist-01When you have nut allergies, it may feel like you are always reading food labels. Many prepared food items include nuts, so you have to be careful. Even if nuts are not part of the food item, it might have been prepared on machines that also process nuts.

If your nut allergies are severe, you have probably experienced the stress and inconvenience of having to tell people about your allergies when you attend events where meals or snacks are served. You may need separate condiments that have not been exposed to nut products. You may need to tell the event organizers to ask people not to bring snacks with nuts. It’s a lot of work, and then you have the added worry of whether people have taken the necessary precautions you requested.

Living with nut allergies creates a lot of stress. But being unprepared and unaware of your specific allergies is even more stressful. An allergist can help you diagnose your nut allergies for the best possible allergy management and treatment.

What Causes Nut Allergies?

As with other types of allergies, nut allergies occur because your immune system has identified nuts as being “a problem.” When protein particles from nuts enter your system, your body goes into full-scale fight mode, trying to get rid of the “enemy.” It is this complex immune reaction that causes your allergic symptoms.

The protein in nuts is the common trigger. In severe allergies, it doesn’t take much of the protein to set off a chain reaction in the immune system. This is why it is so important to read prepared food labels. If a nut protein is included in a prepared food in even a trace amount, it can still be enough to set off an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of Nut Allergies

symptoms-nut-allergies-allergist-nyc-02With nut allergies, you may start sneezing and develop the nasal and throat irritation common to other types of allergies. You might also experience skin discomfort like rashes and hives. As with other types of food allergies, nut allergies can also upset your digestive tract. Remember, your body is doing everything it can to get rid of the allergen. So you might feel stomach cramps or nausea.

Each of those symptoms can make you feel distressed. But possibly the scariest symptom of nut allergies is the way they might affect your breathing. Severe nut allergies can cause anaphylaxis, and this can be very dangerous. This is the reason it is so important to be careful of what you eat and what you are exposed to. As exhausting as those precautions are, they can save your life.

Different Kinds of Nut Allergies

Two different kinds of allergies are associated with nuts. One is an allergy to tree nuts, and the other is an allergy to peanuts. While peanuts are not actually nuts (they are legumes that grow underground), the allergic symptoms can be similar to the symptoms of tree nut allergies.

Because peanuts are different than tree nuts, being allergic to one doesn’t necessarily mean being allergic to the other. However, sometimes people who are allergic to tree nuts may also be allergic to peanuts, and vice versa. And people who are allergic to one type of tree nut, like walnuts, often have allergies to other types of tree nuts like almonds or pistachio nuts as well.

Which Nut(s) Are You Allergic To?

Obviously, it is important to know which type of nut(s) you are allergic to. This is not only to help you avoid your trigger foods. This knowledge will also allow you to enjoy eating foods you aren’t allergic to.

When you don’t have the right information, it is tempting to restrict all of your eating because of fear. That’s not a fun way to live. Wouldn’t it be great to know your specific nut allergies, so you can enjoy everything else?

Treatment of Nut Allergies

different-types-nuts-allergies-information-03Our allergist, Dr. Hadjiev, located right here in New York City, can diagnose your specific nut allergies through a medical exam and allergy testing. Then he will devise a treatment plan to help you manage your allergies.

There Is a Treatment Plan for You

While there is currently no cure for nut allergies, our allergist can diagnose your specific triggers, so you know exactly what you are reacting to and which foods to avoid. This way, you aren’t guessing. It’s safer for you, and it allows you to enjoy foods you aren’t allergic to.

Our allergist will help you make an eating plan that is right for you. He will show you how to carry out that plan so you can have less stress.

An important part of your treatment plan is knowing how to handle your allergic reactions quickly and effectively. Our allergist will make sure you know what to do and have the medicines on hand that you will need in case of an allergic reaction. There is no reason to live in constant fear.

Many people are able to effectively manage their nut allergies and enjoy life. If you are tired of letting nut allergies control you, Dr. Hadjiev is ready to help you find answers and benefit from effective treatments. Contact us Today!

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/nut-allergies-food-labels
 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peanut-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20376175
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_nut_allergy#Signs_and_symptoms
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_nut_allergy
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peanut-allergy/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20376181  

History of Allergies

family-history-of-allergies-doctor-specialist-nyc-01Do you have a history of allergies? How about your family? These are questions your allergist will ask in taking your medical history.

The more specific information you can provide for your allergist, the more quickly he can diagnose your allergies.

What Is Your History of Allergies?

What is your history of allergies? When did you first notice a problem, and what kind of symptoms did you experience? How often do your symptoms recur?

Have you noticed any allergic triggers? Do certain environments make your symptoms better or worse? Have you taken any steps to minimize your exposure to allergens – like modifying your home environment or avoiding certain foods or pets – and what were the results?

Your History of Allergies Is Helpful

family-with-allergies-treatment-nyc-02If you are ready to get help in overcoming your allergies, it starts with you taking inventory.

Maybe you have kept a list all along, documenting your allergic reactions and anything that might have contributed. If you did, that is wonderful. Your list will be helpful as you answer your allergist’s questions.

If you haven’t been writing down a history of your allergies, please don’t worry or stress. It’s not too late. Just start with what you remember and pay attention to what you are experiencing now.

Your History Will Help You Measure Your Progress

Awareness of your history of allergies will help your allergist know more about your specific situation. It will also help you. If you can record the way you are feeling in certain environments with specific triggers, you will be able to measure your progress. You will see your allergy treatments working. That will be so encouraging for you.

Allergies can be so frustrating and overwhelming. You may feel like your allergies are ruining your life. You grow tired of the symptoms and the restrictions. There is so much you want to do and enjoy, and you feel like you can’t.

When you start working with your allergist, he will diagnose your allergies and create a very specific treatment plan to help you. That doesn’t mean your allergies will disappear overnight. But your body will start to improve.

That’s another reason it is so important to know your history of allergies. When your allergist starts to treat your allergies, some days you might feel like nothing has changed. When you go back and look over your history, you will realize things have actually improved! This will encourage you as you continue your allergy treatments.

Does Your Family Have a History of Allergies?

treatment-for-person-with-family-allergic-history-03Your family medical history is also important to know. Your allergist will want to know if allergies run in your family. Who has suffered from what? All of this information can help with your diagnosis.

If you do not know your family’s history of allergies, don’t worry. Your allergist has many ways to help you and to find out what allergens are bothering you. There are so many other tools he will use to diagnose your allergies, from a medical exam to allergy testing. But if you do know your family’s history of allergies, it will be helpful to share it.

Turn Your History of Allergies into a Healthier Future

When you visit our office, Dr. Hadjiev, our allergist, will put your medical history, your family’s history, your medical exam, and allergy tests to work, so he can create the most effective treatment plan uniquely for you. This means a better and brighter future for you.

If you are tired of suffering from allergies, call Dr. Hadjiev at 212-679-1200 to make an appointment today. Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, we are looking forward to meeting you and helping you feel better.

Dust Mite Allergies: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Dust mites are tiny bugs that thrive in warm, humid environments. They feed on dead skin cells shed by people and pets. Exposure to dust mites can cause allergic reactions in people.

Dust Mite Allergies: Symptoms

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What are the signs of an allergy to dust mites? Symptoms are similar to allergic reactions to other airborne allergens. You may be sniffling, sneezing, or coughing. Your eyes may itch or tear up, and your skin might itch. Dust mites can even be one of the culprits in asthma.

If your allergic symptoms flare up while you are vacuuming or dusting, or while you are in bed, you may have a problem with dust mites or other dust-related allergens. Our allergist can help you diagnose and treat the problem.

Treatment of Dust Mite Allergic Symptoms

When you come to see our allergist, Dr. Hadjiev, he will take a medical history, do a medical exam, and ask questions about your home environment to pinpoint where and when your symptoms are occurring. An allergy test can help determine if you are allergic to dust mites.

Treatment for dust mite allergies may include medication to relieve immediate symptoms, as well as immunotherapy to alleviate symptoms in the long run. Dr. Hadjiev will also help you make a plan to modify your home environment, so it will be less hospitable to dust mites.

 

Dust Mite Allergies: Prevention

pic-mites-allergic-common-hiding-places-02Dust is everywhere. No matter where you live and how clean you keep your home, you’re going to find dust somewhere. It builds up so quickly. Where there is dust, there are dust mites.

While the reality of dust might seem discouraging, there is plenty you can do to minimize your exposure. Following are some simple but effective steps you can take.

Pay Attention to Where Dust Mites Thrive

Be mindful of your home environment. Where does dust collect and settle? Those are often the places that get skipped in cleaning. Books, knick knacks, lamp shades. Those comfy blankets and pillows you curl up with on the couch. All of those items attract dust mites. It’s important to keep them clean on a regular basis. Wash your blankets and consider using washable decorative covers on the pillows you sit with on your couch.

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Beds and sofas are likely places for dust mites to settle. Anywhere you sleep or sit for long periods of time is a place where you shed your old dead skin. That is food for dust mites. That’s why it is a good idea to vacuum the top and sides of your sofa and bed, and wash your bed linens regularly. Read More.

Keep your pets’ beds and favorite areas clean as well. Dust mites feed off the skin shed by animals as they go through their day. Consider covering your pets’ favorite napping places with towels or other washable coverings.

Take the time to clean under your sofa, tables and chairs where you spend time sitting. Be sure especially to clean under your bed. You don’t want to interact with dust mites all night long. You might also consider putting encasements on your mattress, box spring, and pillows.

Create an Unfavorable Environment for Dust Mites

Be sure to dust and vacuum your home regularly. If you are allergic, can someone else in your home do that chore? Or you might consider wearing a mask while you clean.

Vacuum first and then dust, as vacuuming often stirs dust into the air. Be sure your vacuum cleaner is working well and has a good filter. Even with the best filter, wear a mask while vacuuming. When you dust, use a duster that grabs the dust instead of just sending it airborne.

Dust mites thrive in humid environments. So you might find it helpful to reduce your indoor humidity. However, an environment that is too dry can also affect your health. You need to find the right balance. Our allergist can help you make decisions that are right for your health.

Dust Mite Allergies? Call New York City’s Allergist

If you think your allergic symptoms may be caused by dust mites, or if you are suffering with allergies of any kind, make an appointment to see Dr. Hadjiev, New York City’s own allergist. He can diagnose your allergies to dust mites or other allergens and design a treatment plan to help you feel better.

 

Do I Have an Environmental Allergy? How Can I Tell?

nyc-allergist-for-environmentl-allergies-01It’s a beautiful spring day, and you want to enjoy the outdoors. You head to the park, hoping your allergies will be better than the last time. But as you try to settle into that peaceful atmosphere, it seems like all kinds of irritating things come to life. You start to itch and cough and sneeze. It feels like you are under attack from the very air around you. Before long, you are wishing you had just stayed at home. Environmental allergies have gotten the best of you on this otherwise gorgeous day.

An Allergic Reaction to the Environment

Does that day at the park sound too familiar? When you have an environmental allergy, every day can be a challenge. Your environment is all around you. The air you breathe is filled with substances like pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust mites. When your body overreacts to one of these common substances in the environment, it is hard to escape.

Environmental allergies develop because your immune system has marked certain environmental substances as “allergens.” Simply put, your immune system has decided that certain elements are a threat to your body. Your body goes into fight mode when it encounters an otherwise benign substance like pet dander. It is your immune system’s “fight” response that causes the allergy symptoms you know too well: the runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin, or nagging cough. Your body is trying every way it can to get rid of the environmental “enemies.”

Environmental Allergy? How Can You Tell?

allergy-test-common-environmental-allergies-02How can you tell if you have an environmental allergy?

Does your coughing and sneezing increase with the pollen count? Are you allergic to dusting or do you feel congested when you sleep? Do you sneeze, start itching, or have trouble breathing around dogs or cats? Do you cough or experience a runny nose or headaches in damp environments?

These symptoms, and more, can sometimes indicate an environmental allergy. Environmental allergies can bother you indoors and outdoors, anytime, anywhere. Sometimes you might wonder if there is anywhere you can go to get reprieve.

Relief for Your Environmental Allergy

The good news is there is a place where you can get help. If your body seems allergic to the environment, there is a solution. You don’t have to spend every day avoiding the activities you love best. A visit to Dr. Hadjiev, your local allergist here in New York City, can help you greatly. He can introduce you to the wonders of allergy testing and treatments, which can help your body to be at peace with the environment.

Our Allergist Knows Your Local Environment

examples-info-allergy-from-environment-03Allergy testing can help determine which environmental substances your body is allergic to. Dr. Hadjiev is located right here in the heart of New York City. He knows the most common environmental allergens you are exposed to in your daily life.

By taking your medical history, giving a health exam, and conducting the appropriate tests, he can diagnose your environmental allergy and create an effective treatment plan designed especially for you.

Dr. Hadjiev can also help you determine how to improve your home environment to keep allergens to a minimum.

While you can’t stop pollen and mold from hanging around outside, you can minimize the environmental allergens in your home. And the allergy testing and treatment will help your body deal better with the allergens outdoors. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy your environment every day?

Give Dr. Hadjiev a call today at 212-319-5282 and start breathing easier.

Children and Allergies

top-nyc-allergist-children-and-allergies-01Allergies can be rough for children. They want to play and have fun. They hope to get good grades in school and to understand what the teacher is saying. Children want to spend time outdoors and go on adventures with their friends. And they want to feel good! Allergies put a damper on everything and make kids feel miserable.

Allergies Are Rough for Children

When a child suffers from an allergy, every part of life can be a challenge. It’s hard enough for an adult to struggle with an allergy. But kids with allergies may not even know what it’s like to feel good.

Children with Allergies Miss out on So Much

Allergies bring so many restrictions for children. Their friends are playing ball at the park. But the children with allergies can’t run, or they’ll have an asthma attack. They’re always sitting on the sidelines and feeling left out. On some afternoons they can’t even be at the park because the pollen count is too high.

If they go on a class field trip, they’re the ones who “can’t do anything.” They hang out with the teacher while the other kids enjoy all the activities. They have to eat a special meal, and they can’t trade or share food with the other children. They don’t get those fun treats. All they know is “something is wrong with me.”

They can’t have a pet. They can’t go to their friends’ houses where there are pets. If they do, they have to take medication, and they still might have a reaction. Allergies seem to take away all the fun of being a kid.

Allergies Make School Much Harder

food-allergist-expert-allergies-child-03Allergies also make it difficult for children to focus in school. The allergy symptoms are distracting, and they may find it hard to pay attention in class. Sniffling and coughing can distract other children as well, and this can lead to teasing.

Children with chronic allergies may end up missing school days because their symptoms make them so sick. It can be hard to make up all that work, especially when they still don’t feel well.

Classrooms can be filled with allergic triggers. Allergies may end up hurting children’s grades or at the very least, making them feel “less than” or like they have to work too hard on every assignment. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20080317/kids-allergies-schoolwork-can-suffer#1

Allergies Can Cause Fear for Children

When children have severe allergies, they also live with the fear of having an extreme reaction like asthma or anaphylaxis. Children have to grow up too soon in learning how to live with their allergic reactions. This danger also puts their parents and other adult caregivers on constant alert for what could go wrong. It’s an exhausting way to live for children and parents as well. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468

An Allergist Can Help Children Be Kids Again

pet-allergies-children-allergist-01When children begin working with an allergist, it can feel like they are getting a brand new life. For a child that feels like “everything is wrong,” it is amazing to have a diagnosis from an allergist and know exactly what is wrong. A specific allergy diagnosis brings empowerment to children who have suffered the hopelessness of chronic allergies.

Allergists Offer Answers for Children and Parents

When you know what you are dealing with, you can begin to treat it effectively. That is good news for children who suffer from allergies. It’s good news for their parents and other caregivers as well. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/parenting-children-allergies#1

Our allergist helps children discover the joys of life. Through a medical history and exam, our allergist can determine the right allergy test that will give children and parents the answers they are longing for.

Allergy Treatment Means a Better Life

Our allergist will create the right treatment plan unique to each child. Treatment might include medications, immunotherapy, home environment or dietary modifications, an emergency plan for severe allergies, and whatever else is needed. This includes the right medications for each child’s specific allergies. No more over-medication based on guesswork.

Allergy treatment can help children feel like they are able to enjoy life in ways they’ve never known. They don’t have to feel like allergies are ruining their lives anymore. They can start to enjoy just being a kid.

If you are tired of watching your child suffer from allergies, call today and make an appointment to see Dr. Hadjiev, the allergist who can help you find answers and wellness for your child.

Milk Allergies in Babies

Milk Allergies in Babies: What are Your Options?

best-nyc-allergist-babies-milk-allergies-specialist-02Having to deal with a milk allergy at a time when your baby needs it the most can be a challenge. Milk free formulas are not as popular as traditional ones and you’ll have to do a little bit of leg work to find alternative solutions. While they aren’t as common however, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be found if you know where to look. In this article, we’re going to give you a few options in case your child is suffering from a milk allergy.

Go with Breastmilk

Breast milk is usually the best option if your child has been diagnosed with a cow milk allergy. For one, breast milk has the perfect balance of nutrients for your baby and boosts their immune system. Breastfeeding has also been correlated with lower incidences of sudden infant death syndrome.

Most experts will recommend breastfeeding your children for at least 6 months, with one year being the optimal length. The World Health Organization even recommends breastfeeding your child until they reach the age of two.

Look at Formula Options

milk-allergy-babies-milk-alternatives-treatment-allergist-nyc-01If breastfeeding is not an option for you, there are non-dairy choices out there. But know that just because they don’t contain cow milk, doesn’t mean they won’t cause a reaction in your child.

Soy based formulas are a prime example. While they are completely derived from soy protein, between 8 and 14 percent of babies will have a reaction to it. Another option is heavily hydrolyzed solutions. While they are derived from milk, the protein is so broken down that the chances of them causing a reaction are diminished.

But if your child can’t tolerate a hydrolyzed formula, you could also go for formulas made from amino acids. These formulas are made from proteins and amino acids broken down to their simplest form and are usually less likely to cause a reaction.

Check if it’s Truly an Allergy

baby-child-milk-allergy-information-03Making the distinction between intolerance, simple indigestion, and a full-on milk allergy can be complicated when you don’t know the difference between each. Sometimes, you could misdiagnose something as simple as an upset stomach as an allergy.

Make sure that you keep a journal of your baby’s symptoms and eating habits. If you breastfeed, you should also make sure that you record everything that you eat and whether it’s having an impact on your baby. You should also check your family history and see if food allergies run in your family.

If you think your child may actually be suffering from a milk allergy, consult an allergist so they can perform a diagnosis and provide some solutions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York.

Allergist for Pollen Allergy

How to Survive During Pollen Season

pollen-season-allergist-specialist-nyc-01While for some people, spring is all about revival, warmer days, blooming flowers and balmy breezes, for others, it’s a literal nightmare. Pollen is everywhere and while you can try to avoid it all you want, it usually not a viable option. However, there are some things you can do to prevent your immune system from going into overdrive and putting you out of commission. Here are a few simple tips that will help you survive pollen season.

Know if You’re Actually Dealing with Allergies

top-seasonal-allergies-by-type-03Before you even think about pollen proofing yourself, you have to know if you’re dealing with seasonal allergies first and foremost. You might be simply be coming down with a seasonal virus masquerading as a full blown allergic reaction.

First of all, monitor your symptoms. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re dealing with a seasonal allergy is if congestion symptoms last over two weeks. If your mucus is clear and runny, your nose, eyes or the roof of your mouth is itchy or if the symptoms intensify when you’re in contact with pollen, then it’s a definite sign. And if you don’t have any fever or aches, then it’s another sign that it’s not a virus that’s at play.

Go to the Local Drugstore

allergist-for-seasonal-allergy-treatment-information-expert-02Most of what you need to combat your seasonal allergies can be found right over the counter. Antihistamines will be your best friend in this case and will prevent histamines and all the unpleasantness that comes with them from affecting you. But be careful with nasal sprays, some of them are habit forming and may make matters worse.

In some cases, though, OTC medication might not be enough, so you’ll have to consult an allergist for some stronger, non-sedating, medication. Or you might want to try immunotherapy if symptoms are too severe or if you want a more long-lasting solution.

Take Off Your Outside Clothes Once You Get Home

Your clothes become pollen carriers when you go out and it would be wise to take them off and quarantine them if you don’t want to drag these allergens inside. Take your shoes off outside and throw your outdoor clothes straight in the hamper. Take a nice shower at night to make sure that your hair and body is clean of any remaining pollen. And if you have furry friends, make sure that they clean their paws before they come inside; their feet can be powerful carriers as well.

If you feel like you need stronger treatment for your allergies or if the symptoms are just too much to bare, we strongly suggest that you talk with an allergist for help. If you want more information on seasonal allergies, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York City.

Allergiest vs. Cold by NYC top Allergist

Cold, Flu or Allergy? A Look at the Differences

cold-flu-or-allergy-information-differences-best-allergist-nyc-01In many cases, we might dismiss symptoms of allergies as a common cold or flu. But in some cases, this could actually mask something more serious. Knowing if you’re actually suffering from a form of allergy or just the common flu will not only allow you to treat your condition better but will allow you to prevent it as well. In this article, we will give you a few tips on how to identify each condition.

What Are Allergies and Colds Exactly?

allergy-test-for-flu-cold-or-allergy-information-nyc-expert-02Before you can tell the difference between colds and allergies, it’s important that you understand how each condition affects your body first. First of all, when you get the flu or a cold, the condition is caused by a virus. Once that virus enters your system, your immune system will counter-attack. This is what will be at the root of your symptoms.

One of the biggest differences between both conditions is that colds are contagious. You pick them up from other carriers. This means you can protect yourself from them by limiting contact. And after a few days or weeks, the virus is gone.

But with allergens, your immune system mistakenly identifies non-harmful intruders as viruses and start an immune reaction. This could be triggered by something like dust or pollen for instance. But where it gets tricky is that both conditions will release histamines into the body, which will make symptoms confusing. And allergies aren’t contagious either.

How Are They Different?

cold-weather-nyc-allergist-symptoms-info-03Colds and allergies differ in many ways. First there’s duration. A common cold or flu will only last a couple of weeks max, whereas allergies can last for months. Colds will also have a tendency to manifest during the winter, while allergies can manifest all year long, though there might be some peak seasons for things like pollen for instance.

With viruses like the cold, symptoms may start showing up only after a few days after you’ve been infected. With allergies, it’s instant. Symptoms will be very different as well. With a cold, you might experience aches or fever, while this will be largely nonexistent with allergies.

So How Do I Know Which is Which?

One of the easiest ways to know if you’re dealing with a flu or cold or an allergy is the duration. If the symptoms last more than two weeks, then it could be a sign that you’re dealing with allergies. On the other hand, if your symptoms are aggravating, then it could be a sign of something more serious.

If you think your symptoms are consistent with allergies, then it would be wise to consult an allergist today so that you can undergo testing. If that is the case, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York.

Allergy Treatments

How Are Allergies Treated?

how-treat-allergies-doctor-allergist-01Allergies can be treated in a wide variety of ways. The way you treat your allergy will depend primarily on the severity of the allergy and the nature of the allergy in question. If your allergies are that serious that they could actually directly affect your life quality, then it would be wise to get a consultation and know the full range of treatments at your disposition. In this article, we’re going to give you some of the most common treatment options for various types of allergies.

Nasal Spray

Nasal sprays are some of the most common types of treatments for different types of allergies. While some can be found over the counter, others require a prescription as well. However, there are many types of nasal sprays available and they all work differently.

One of the most popular type of nasal sprays for the treatment of allergies are steroid sprays. They will work by reducing swelling and inflammation in the nasal passageways to facilitate airflow and relieve congestion. They’re the best for the most severe congestion cases and persistent cases. However, they aren’t usually the fastest acting.

Antihistamine sprays work by stopping the flow of histamine in your sinuses and nose to relieve symptoms.

Decongestant sprays are another short-term solution but should not be used for a prolonged period of time since people might start to build tolerance and symptoms could actually become worse over time. Salt sprays can be a better solution. Their effect might not be as dramatic, but they don’t have as many side effects either.

Allergy Drugs

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A variety of drugs, both prescription and OTC, can be ingested in the form of pills or liquid to stop the effect of allergens. In addition to nasal sprays, you can take antihistamines orally as well. Decongestants may also be taken orally to reduce the symptoms.

Mast Cell Stabilizers

This type of medication will block the release of certain chemical releases by your immune system to prevent symptoms from manifesting. These will usually work better when comes the time to prevent certain reactions instead of treating them, so they will be prescribed before the high season to prevent episodes from happening.

Immunotherapy

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Immunotherapy is also a long-term option to treat allergies. It works by introducing a tiny bit of the allergen into the system little by little so that it doesn’t start triggering the production of immune cells. More will be introduced over time to neutralize the production. Immunotherapy can be administered in the form of drops of shots.

If you want more information about the various treatment methods and want to know which one would be the best for you, it’s advised that you consult a professional. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergy specialist in New York.

Allergist for Severe Allergies

What Are the Symptoms of Severe Allergies?

nyc-top-expert-allergist-for-severe-allergy-treatment-01Allergies can range from benign to life threatening. People might react completely differently to the same allergy, which sometimes makes them difficult to manage. While for some people, they might be a slight nuisance, allergy treatment can be a question of life and death for others. Let’s take a closer look at some of the symptoms of severe allergies and how to treat them.

Severe vs Mild Allergy Symptoms

To understand severe allergy symptoms, it’s important to know mild symptoms as well. Mild allergy symptoms will often be characterized by things like hives, a runny nose, itchy eyes, skin rash, stomach cramping and nausea. These are usually not life threatening even if they might spread to your entire body.

Breathing and Swelling Difficulties

asthmatic-allergies-breathing-problems-allergist-specialist-nyc-03In more severe cases, your immune system might start to overreact and cause swelling in multiple body parts. These can include the throat, tongue, lips, fingers, or toes for instance. Excessive swelling of the tongue and lips could eventually prevent you from breathing or speaking easily by blocking your mouth.

If the swelling extends to your throat, then it could cause some severe issues like shortness of breath, wheezing, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing or asthma. In these cases, steroid treatment or antihistamines might be able to treat these symptoms.

Allergic Asthma

Allergic asthma is caused when small particles located in your lungs start to become inflated, which causes swelling and airflow obstruction.

Allergic asthma is treated just like regular asthma. A rescue inhaler containing something like albuterol will usually be used. It will allow your airways to expand, which will facilitate airflow to your lungs. However, in anaphylaxis cases, inhalers won’t be effective since its contents won’t be able to reach the lungs.

Anaphylaxis

allergist-for-anaphlaxis-breathing-problems-allergy-symptoms-02Anaphylaxis is one of the most serious symptoms of severe allergy. This is when the throat becomes so swollen that it completely blocks airflow. Your blood pressure may start to drop, and your heartbeat can become weak. And if it lasts long enough, then you could even become unconscious.
The only solution in this case will be to use an epinephrine injector such as Auvi-Q, Adrenaclick or EpiPen.

If you happen to be suffering with allergies, only an allergist can help you evaluate your symptoms and give you the proper course of action in case of emergency. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York.

NYC Allergist for Food Allergies

The Most Common Food Allergies Uncovered

allergist-for-common-food-allergies-info-nyc-01Having to deal with allergies or having a son or daughter that has to deal with them is never easy. The first part of dealing with possible food allergies is understanding them. Fortunately, a large portion of food allergies are caused by a handful of products which makes the process easier. Here are some of the most common food allergies you can come across.

Cow’s Milk

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Did you know that cow milk allergies are one of the most widespread allergies in children? As a matter of fact, up to 3% of infants and toddlers are diagnosed with this type of allergy. This often happens when babies have been consuming cow’s milk before they reach 6 months.
The good thing is that the symptoms will usually disappear once the child reaches the age of three 90% of the time, which is why it’s not common in adults.

Symptoms will differ depending on the type of allergy you have. Symptoms might include rashes, vomiting, swelling, and even anaphylaxis in more severe case. In other cases, you might experience gut based symptoms like constipation, diarrhea or vomiting, which makes diagnosis a bit more difficult since it can be mistaken for intolerance. If you or your child has been diagnosed with the condition, then the only treatment is to completely cut out diary that contains cow’s milk like cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter. And if you happen to be breastfeeding and your child has been diagnosed, then you should cut out milk products from your diet as well. A professional may be able to prescribe an alternative to cow milk-based formulas.

Nuts

allergist-for-nut-allergies-information-expert-03Tree nuts and peanut allergies are some of the most common and affect roughly 1% of the population for the former and around 10% for the latter. While peanuts are technically legumes, there are some similarities between the two allergies. And people who are allergic to peanuts are often allergic to tree nuts as well. Some examples of tree nuts include brazil nuts, almonds, cashews pistachios, pine nuts and walnuts.

Tree nut allergies are some of the most serious and cause some of the strongest reactions in sufferers. They are responsible for about half of all anaphylaxis-related deaths.

If you have an allergy to some tree nuts, you will be advised to avoid nuts altogether. However, a large percentage of people who are diagnosed with a peanut allergy before they enter their teenage years will not suffer any symptoms when they enter their teens.

Shellfish allergies

Shellfish allergies are caused by the immune system attacking some of the protein contained in them. This includes lobster, shrimps, scallops, prawns and crayfish just to name a few. The symptoms from a shellfish allergy are often similar to contamination, so it is one of the most difficult to diagnose.

If you think you or your child might be allergic to one of these food products, then it would be wise to talk with a professional today. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York.

Allergist for Mold Allergies

Mold Allergies: The Signs and Symptoms

nyc-allergist-for-mold-related-allergies-top-specialist-01Suffering from mold allergies can either be a mild nuisance to some or become completely debilitating and have a huge effect on your quality of life. Mold is much more widespread than most might imagine, and you could be suffering from mold allergies without even knowing it. In this article we’re going to address some of the signs and symptoms of mold allergies, how you can tell if you’re suffering from it and what can be done if that’s the case.

What are the Symptoms of Mold Allergy?

mold-allergy-symptoms-treatment-nyc-02The symptoms of mold allergy are very similar to other kinds of upper respiratory allergies. Some of the symptoms of mold allergy might include excessive sneezing, post nasal dripping, stuffy or runny nose, scaly, dry skin, watery and itchy eyes, and an itchy nose and throat.
Note that the symptoms might vary greatly from person to person. Some people might have more extreme symptoms while symptoms might be more subtle in others. The symptoms might also differ depending on the time of the year and weather conditions. For instance, you might experience more symptoms when the weather is more humid or when weather conditions are facilitating the formation of mold in and outside the house.

If you have another condition like asthma, then you might also experience more symptoms as well. Exposure to spores might trigger asthma attacks in some peoples. You might also experience symptoms like chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath.

What are the Causes of Mold Allergies?

mold-allergy-causes-treatment-allergist-nyc-03Like any allergic response, mold allergies are triggered by an excessive immune system response. When you inhale mold spores, your immune system will automatically identify them as foreign intruders and will start developing antibodies to neutralize them. That’s when you start feeling the symptoms.

After exposure, your body will automatically start producing these same antibodies once spores enter your system again, which will trigger the release of histamines. These histamines will cause your eyes to become watery and other symptoms like a runny nose and sneezing.

What Can You Do to Prevent it?

There are tons of things you can do to prevent or reduce the effects of mold allergies. For one, you could invest in a dehumidifier to reduce dampness inside the house. You could also consider investing in an HVAC system, but make sure that it is equipped with a nice HEPA filter that can trap spores and prevent your system from bringing outside spores inside the house.

If you feel like you might be suffering from mold allergy, it would be wise to see a professional to see if that’s really the case or if the symptoms are caused by something else. If you want more information about mold infestations, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York City.

NYC Allergist to treat Eczema

What is Eczema?

top-nyc-allergist-for-eczema-01Eczema is a widespread skin condition that affects over 35 million Americans. It is mainly characterized by inflamed and itchy patches of skin. While it can be present in adults, it is usually more prevalent in small children and babies. Let’s take a look at the various types of eczema, what the symptoms are and what you can do to treat the condition.

What are the Different Types of Eczema?

areas-types-of-eczema-body-02There are many types of eczema and it’s important to understand each one of them if you want to understand how to treat them.

When eczema is caused by direct contact with an irritant, it is referred to as contact dermatitis. This will result in itching, burning and redness on the skin as the contact occurs. The issues will usually disappear once you remove the irritants.

Dyshidrotic dermatitis will affect your soles, palms and fingers. It will result in scaly skin patches that might become cracked, painful or red. The condition is more commonly found in women.

Nummular dermatitis will usually manifest itself in the winter and target the legs mostly resulting in round, dry patches of skin. The condition is more common in men.

And seborrheic dermatitis occurs on the scalp, eyebrows, or eyelids and takes the form of red, itchy rashes. The condition can also manifest itself on the sides of your nose side or behind the ears.

What Causes Eczema?

While the causes of the condition are not completely known, it is believed that it is caused by some kind of aggressive immune system response to irritants. It can also be caused by a reaction to various proteins in the body. The body will usually attack intruding proteins associated with viruses or bacteria, but in the case of eczema, the body is unable to tell the difference between the two and starts attacking your body’s proteins as well.

What are the Treatments for Eczema?

relief-treatment-eczema-allergist-ny-03You can treat eczema in a wide variety of ways. Antihistamines can be prescribed to treat the condition. OTC antihistamines like Allegra or Zyrtec can help stop the production of histamines that are responsible for the symptoms in the first place.

Your doctor might also prescribe a cortisone ointment or cream. However, you should know that these should not be taken long term as they may lead to irritation, discoloration or thinning of the skin. Your doctor may also prescribe immunosuppressants to prevent your body from overreacting or antibiotics, whether oral or topical.

If you think that you may be suffering from eczema and might need treatment, we suggest that you contact a professional immediately. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergy specialist in New York.

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