You 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.
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.
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.
That’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.
With 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.
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.
It 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?
Allergists like Dr. Hadjiev here in New York City are working every day to bring healing so allergy patients can experience a better future.
Following are just a few of the areas where research is targeting allergies to bring about better future treatments for allergy sufferers:
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.
Research 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.
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.
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.
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