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.
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:
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.
Common signs and symptoms you may experience with allergies include:
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.
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.
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.
Common treatments for allergies include:
Avoiding certain foods, medications, latex, or other allergens can reduce or eliminate allergic reactions.
Taking oral medicines or using nasal sprays, eye drops, or an inhaler helps eliminate unpleasant allergy and asthma symptoms.
Receiving allergy shots over time helps your body build a tolerance to allergens and reduce allergy symptoms.
Using emergency epinephrine shots when you experience severe allergic reactions relieves life-threatening symptoms until you can seek medical attention.