Monthly Archives: February 2019

History of Allergies

Do 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

If 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?

Your 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

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

Dust 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.

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.

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