Allergy Specialist

CHW Cares

Senior focused Medical and Dental Care in Washington Heights, NY

Sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal congestion due to allergies can make everyday tasks feel uncomfortable, but the good news is you don’t have to live with it. The CHW Cares primary care team in Washington Heights, Manhattan, offers allergy testing and treatment to give New York City patients a better quality of life.

Allergy Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s response to allergens that don’t bother most other people. You might be allergic to one or more of the following:

  • Insect stings
  • Certain foods
  • Pollen
  • Some plants
  • Certain medications
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites

Allergy symptoms range in severity from mild to severe and life-threatening. If you suspect you have allergies or have a diagnosis and need relief, see the CHW Cares team for an evaluation. 

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Common signs and symptoms you may experience with allergies include:

  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Rashes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Facial swelling
  • Throat tightening
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis can cause severe symptoms and is a medical emergency. It might make you go into shock, feel lightheaded, have shortness of breath, or lose consciousness.

What are the risk factors for allergies?

Allergies can happen to anyone, but some factors boost your risk of developing them. Examples include having asthma or a family history of asthma or allergies. However, the cause of allergies isn’t entirely clear.

How does my doctor diagnose allergies?

Your CHW Cares specialist can diagnose allergies using simple tests. They may have you complete blood tests, skin prick tests, skin patch testing, or asthma tests that evaluate your ability to breath before and after inhaling medications. Your provider lets you know what you’re allergic to and develops an effective allergy treatment plan.

What are common allergy treatments?

Common treatments for allergies include:

Allergy avoidance

Avoiding certain foods, medications, latex, or other allergens can reduce or eliminate allergic reactions. 

Medications

Taking oral medicines or using nasal sprays, eye drops, or an inhaler helps eliminate unpleasant allergy and asthma symptoms. 

Allergy shots

Receiving allergy shots over time helps your body build a tolerance to allergens and reduce allergy symptoms.

Emergency epinephrine

Using emergency epinephrine shots when you experience severe allergic reactions relieves life-threatening symptoms until you can seek medical attention. 

 

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