Allergy Testing in Manhattan NYC, Astoria and Brooklyn NY
Top Pulmonologist Dr. Shukla offers adult and pediatric patients allergy testing, diagnosis and treatments. Visit Allergy Asthma Sleep Centers of Excellence for your food and skin allergy needs. We have 3 locations to serve you.
Allergies are a common problem faced by millions of adults and children every day. Whether allergic to seasonal pollen, food, or other substances, people who suffer with allergies can have trouble navigating their daily life without complications from their allergy symptoms. At Allergy & Asthma Sleep Center, our experienced adult and pediatric allergy doctors can provide allergy testing and care for you and your child’s allergy symptoms. We help you and your children the treatment you need to live a happy and healthy life now and in the future.
What are Allergies?
Allergies is a catch-all term for the set of reactions that can occur within the human body when its immune system perceives an outside substance as harmful, causing an overreaction. The substance that triggers this response in the body is referred to as an allergen. An allergic reaction takes place when a person’s body create an antibody called immunoglobulin E, sometimes shortened to IgE, to attack allergens, which would otherwise be benign and of no harm to the body. Allergy symptoms can range widely from watery eyes and a runny nose to swelling in the mouth or trouble breathing. Depending on the severity of a person’s allergic reaction, there are different methods and medications available for managing symptoms and exposure.
How Do You Test for Allergies?
Allergy testing is the third step in the diagnostic process. Before testing begins, your doctor should ask you a wide range of questions regarding you and/or your child’s medical history as well as the frequency, variety, and severity of their allergy symptoms. They should then perform a physical exam before using allergy testing to determine the exact cause(s) of the allergies. The most common allergy testing method is called the skin prick test. This can confirm a wide range of common allergies in many people. Your allergy doctor will place a small amount of a suspected allergen onto you/and or your child’s skin, then gently prick the skin’s surface to introduce the allergen into it. After waiting approximately 15 minutes, any reactions will be noted and scaled to indicate the severity of you/and or your child’s allergy to each substance being tested. Intradermal skin tests are very similar, however a small amount of an allergen is injected directly into the outer layer of the skin. Patch tests can help determine which allergens cause contact dermatitis and blood testing can also provide information regarding specific allergens if your child’s skin is too delicate for skin testing or is otherwise compromised.
What Allergy Treatments are Available?
Allergy treatments for children can range from simple over-the-counter medications to long-term immune strengthening protocols. Many people who suffer from only mild allergies, especially those that are seasonal and do not have a broad negative impact on their ability to perform daily tasks, choose to manage their symptoms with allergy medicines that can be taken orally. Some people also find that nasal allergy sprays can be very effective. Avoidance of certain allergens, especially those found in specific foods, may be the best way for some children to avoid potentially life-threatening reactions. For patients who run the risk of anaphylaxis, avoidance is sometimes the only way to ensure their health and safety. Allergy shots and allergy drops are a method by which some patients can strengthen their immune system in order to build up a tolerance to certain allergens, allowing them to encounter these substances in the future without developing uncomfortable symptoms.
If you suspect your child may be allergic and want to speak with a certified and knowledgeable pediatric allergy doctor, contact Allergy Asthma Sleep Center of Excellence has 3 locations to Serve you Near Astoria, Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.
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