Allergies Specialist

Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, PLLC

Primary Care Physicians & Aesthetic Specialists located in Plainview, NY

Experts estimate that allergies affect 30% adults in the U.S. Even minor allergies cause symptoms that can really put a damper on your daily activities. In Plainview, New York, men and women with allergies find relief at Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, PLLC. Natalia Levinskaya, DO, Vanessa Ali-Pennock, DO, and Amy N. Waldman, ANP-BC relieve allergies with medication and immunotherapy. Don’t let allergies hold you back another day. Call or click to schedule comprehensive allergy testing today.

Allergies Q & A

Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, PLLC

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s response to a foreign substance your antibodies detect as harmful even though it isn’t. These substances are called allergens.

An allergic reaction occurs when you come in contact with allergens. Allergic reactions cause inflammation of the airways, sinuses, skin, and digestive system.

Common allergens include:

  • Bee venom
  • Certain foods
  • Dust mites
  • Medications
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen

For some people, allergies are life-threatening. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly after contact with an allergen. It causes many symptoms, including weak pulse, shortness of breath, and swelling at the back of the throat. An emergency epinephrine shot reduces symptoms until the person can get to the hospital

How are allergies diagnosed?

Your doctor uses a physical exam, overall health assessment, and symptom check to determine if your symptoms are allergy-related.

She may ask you to keep a food journal to record what you eat document your allergy symptoms to determine the allergens causing your symptoms. Skin and blood tests also help your doctor identify your sensitivity to different allergens.

How are allergies treated?

Your doctor creates a personalized allergy treatment plan based on your allergens and symptoms. Treatment generally involves:

  • Allergen avoidance: reducing your exposure to the substances that trigger your allergy attacks
  • Immunotherapy: exposure to allergens using allergy shots that eventually create a tolerance or immunity to them
  • Medication: over-the-counter and prescription products to reduce your immune system reaction and relieve symptoms

Adults and children with severe, life-threatening allergies require emergency epinephrine shots during a reaction, followed by emergency medical care.

There are plenty things you can do at home to reduce certain common allergens. Wash bedding frequently in hot water and wipe down surfaces often to get rid of dust mites. Use fans and dehumidifiers in bathrooms and basements to prevent mold allergy symptoms. For hay fever symptoms, rinse sinuses often with a saline solution.

You don’t have to dread the change of seasons any longer; spring doesn’t have to mean constant sneezing and a perpetually runny nose. Call or click to schedule your allergy consultation and take the first step to becoming symptom-free.

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