ALLERGY TREATMENT NEW YORK
Allergy Treatment New York
Get the best allergy treatment NYC has to offer with recognized specialist Dr. Mayank Shukla. He is trusted by New York City, and has helped the local community with their allergies for over 15 years.
What are Allergies?
Allergies are your immune system’s reaction to foreign substances that are typically harmless to most people. You are probably already familiar with many common allergens, like pollen, pet dander, and bee stings. And you have probably noticed that these substances cause no reaction from most people. However, if you are like the many other people who suffer from allergies, your immune system produces antibodies when it comes into contact with one of these substances. The result is an allergic reaction. Allergies can range in severity, from respiratory irritation to anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening condition).
The antibodies produced during an allergic reaction cause the body to releases chemicals, such as histamine, into the bloodstream. You may be familiar with the term antihistamine, a common allergy remedy. Antihistamines work by neutralizing histamine, the chemical responsible for causing your body to expel the allergen. This usually manifests in the form of sneezing, coughing, skin rashes, and watery eyes. The worst part is, once your body has developed antibodies to a particular allergen, it will continue to do so every time you come into contact with the same substance.
Types Of Allergies
When your body comes into contact with an allergen, a number of reactions can occur. Allergic reactions can affect the airways, sinuses, skin, and digestive system. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Hay Fever: congestion, runny nose, watery eyes
- Atopic Dermatitis (eczema): itching, red skin; peeling or flaking skin
- Insect Sting Allergies: swollen sting site, itching skin, coughing, wheezing, anaphylaxis
- Food Allergies: swollen lips, tongue, face, or throat; hives; tingling mouth; anaphylaxis
- Drug Allergies: rash, hives, swollen face, wheezing, anaphylaxis
If you have experienced an allergic reaction and think it might have triggered anaphylaxis, you should seek emergency medical services. Call 911 or, if you already have one, use an epinephrine auto-injector. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction, with symptoms including:
- Severe Shortness of Breath
- Rapid Pulse
- Swollen Airways
- Loss of Consciousness
If you experience any kind of allergic reaction, or think you may have an allergy, you should make an appointment to see a doctor. This is especially true when you come into contact with potential allergens, including new medications that have been prescribed by your doctor.
Diagnosing and Treating Allergies
It can be difficult to identify allergies for many people. Often, the signs and symptoms of allergies are mistaken for the common cold. If you think you might have allergies, a good way to distinguish between allergy and cold symptoms is the presence of an allergen. If your symptoms only flare up in the presence of certain substances, you may have allergens. In order to be sure, however, you should make an appointment with a doctor.
Dr. Shukla has been diagnosing patients suffering from allergies for more than 15 years. He has many techniques at his disposal for the proper diagnosis of all manner of allergies. When you meet with him, he may use any number of the following tests to diagnose your allergies.
- Perform a physical examination
- Ask you to keep a diary of symptoms/triggers
- Perform a skin test, using fine needles with potential allergens to test for a skin reaction
- Test your blood for antibodies to particular allergens
Allergy Treatment NYC
If you think you may have allergies, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Shukla today. His personalized, empathic approach to health care and pediatric pulmonology has helped patients manage their asthma, sleep disorders, and allergies for many years. Using the latest diagnostic technology, Dr. Shukla is committed to giving you and your child the best care possible.