Category Archives: Hives and allergies

Peanut Allergy

Peanut Allergy

Peanut allergies are common, and although they may only cause mild reactions in some people with peanut allergies, in other they can result in serious and life-threatening problems. In fact, peanuts are one of the most frequently cited causes of severe allergic reactions.

Even a minor reaction to peanuts can be a warning of more to come. If you or your child has had any type of allergic reaction to peanuts, you should see one of the top allergy doctors in New York City, Dr. Hadjiev, to determine the safest way to manage this allergy to prevent a fatal reaction from an unexpected exposure to peanuts. Peanuts are found in so many places, and even the tiniest amounts can result in a serious reaction in people who have that problem.

Symptoms of an allergic response to peanuts can include skin reactions, like swelling, hives, or redness. You may also experience digestive problem in response to an allergy, including stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Sometimes, a peanut allergy can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, or throat tightening. Dizziness, lightheadedness, and loss of consciousness can occur.

Anaphylaxis is the most serious type of allergic reaction that can occur with any allergy, and can result in shock and respiratory arrest. If you have severe allergic reactions, you should consult Dr. Hadjiev, New York’s top allergy specialist, so that you can protect yourself from potentially fatal complications that can be associated with anaphylactic reactions from peanut allergies. You can easily be exposed to chemicals associated with peanuts that result in serious symptoms, even if you are not in direct contact with a peanut or a food that contains peanuts. People with severe allergic reactions to peanuts may become ill after they are exposed to food that have been in contact with peanuts during handling or processing. Finally, even inhaling a cooking spray with a peanut oil base, or accidentally inhaling peanut flour, can result in serious illness.

Unfortunately, because children have immature digestive systems, they may be at greater risk for a severe peanut allergy, although some children can outgrow an early allergy to peanut. People with other types of allergies are at risk of developing a peanut allergy, and if you have eczema, you may also have food allergies. Dr. Hadjiev, one of New York’s top allergy doctors, can help you determine what steps to take to keep yourself or your child safe.

Before your visit with Dr. Hadjiev, New York’s top allergy doctor, you should write down all of your symptoms, and bring all of your medications, vitamins, and supplements to your appointment. Dr. Hadjiev will work closely with you, performing a thorough examination and obtaining blood tests that may save your life. Treatment and management of this frightening condition are just a phone call away. If you think you or your child might have a peanut allergy, call us today at 212-319-5282 to schedule your appoint with New York’s top allergy doctor.

Nasal Allergies

Nasal allergies result in sneezing and congestion that can ruin your day. This condition is often known as hay fever, and the medical term is allergic rhinitis. If you are tired of apologizing for sneezing and sniffling, and you are ready to find a long-lasting solution for your nasal allergy, we can help you! Dr. Boyan Hadjiev is one of New York City’s leading allergy specialists, and he has helped many patients achieve relief from the misery of allergies.

Many people hesitate to seek help for their allergies, but symptoms can increase over time, when they are not treated. There are five symptoms of nasal allergies that should alert you to seek professional help with a top allergist, like Dr. Boyan Hadjiev. These symptoms include:

  • Runny nose or stuffy nose
  • Sinus pressure
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Postnasal drip

One of the most common symptoms we treat at Dr. Boyan Hadjev’s office is runny nose, or stuffiness. Although many people try to relieve congestion or a runny nose with over the counter medications, they have many side effects. If you consult a top allergist, like Dr. Boyan Hadjiev, you can identify your triggers for an allergic reaction, and learn to avoid them. Symptoms that don’t improve within a week should prompt a consultation with an allergy specialist. Sinus pressure that continues for longer than a week should be discussed with an allergist, and even uncontrollable sneezing can be successfully treated with a prescription medication. Itchy eyes occur commonly among patients with nasal allergies, and postnasal drip is caused by thick mucus from an allergic reaction. All of these symptoms cause a diminished quality of life, particularly when they continue over an extended period of time.

Allergies that result in symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be the result of exposure to seasonal pollen and even mold spores. People who have allergic rhinitis year-round may be reacting to pet hair or dander, dust mites, mold, or cockroaches. Prescription medications are available that can help you reduce your allergic symptoms. If you’d like to restore a better quality of life, call us today for a consultation with Dr. Boyan Hadjiev, a top New York City allergist.

If you suffer from symptoms of nasal allergy that are recurrent or persistent, isn’t it time that you addressed your concerns with a top allergy specialist in NYC? Help is available. There is no reason to suffer continuously from the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies. There are steps you can take, and we are standing by to help you. Call 212-319-5282 to arrange your consultation with Dr. Boyan Hadjiev, a leading NYC allergist.

What are Hives?

NYC’s Top Allergist discusses Hives

Hives Treament Top Allergist NYC1Hives are a rash that emerges as red, raised itchy bumps on the skin. The most commonly known cause of hives is an allergic reaction. They can also appear for unknown reasons. Hives are usually harmless, but they can sometimes be followed by another skin reaction called angioedema – swelling of deeper layers of skin. Angioedema can be possibly be life-threatening if it affects the tongue or throat and block the airways.

Hives are also known as urticaria. Hives can be classified in two forms: acute, which lasts for up to six weeks, and chronic, which lasts for more than six weeks.

Triggers of Hives

Hives can be caused by a number of different triggers. The most common causes of hives are allergens, such as:

  • Medications: such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and blood pressure drugs
  • Foods: such as peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, eggs and milk
  • Naturally occurring: such as pollen and animal material

Other common causes are environmental conditions, such as exposure to cold, heat, wind, sunlight, stress and even exercise. Dermatographia, which literally means “skin writing,” can also cause hives, and scratching the skin will produce skin redness in the form of the scratch. Chronic hives usually develop for an unknown cause, but they may also develop as an autoimmune response.

Symptoms of Hives

Hives appear with the following symptoms:

  • Raised areas of the skin that are red in their base called wheals
  • Itching and possibly burning skin
  • If hives are followed by angioedema, the skin will swell and hurt
  • In severe cases of angioedema, difficulty breathing or swallowing may be present

The common symptoms include wheals and itching. Wheals may go down and new ones may develop before the rash subsides, which makes it look like the condition is moving. Hives usually affect larger areas of the skin. A small percentage of people with acute hives, and about a half of people with chronic hives, will also have angioedema. Angioedema is a painful swelling of the inner layers of the skin. This can cause serious life-threatening health issues and obstruct breathing and swallowing.

Treatments for Hives

Treatment options for hives include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Epinephrine in cases of severe angioedema

For acute hives caused by allergies, it’s important to determine the allergen and avoid it.

Antihistamines, both over-the-counter and prescribed by an allergy doctor, are the most effective treatment for mild to moderate cases of hives. More severe cases of hives are usually treated with oral corticosteroids, which reduce swelling and itching.

Cases of severe angioedema, especially if the swelling blocks the airways, have to be treated immediately with a shot of epinephrine to prevent worsening of the symptoms and death.

If you have suffer from hives, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Allergy Doctor in NYC.

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