What We Do.....

Susan L Andrew, MD graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She worked for two years as a research assistant in the Department of Tumor Immunology at the Sidney Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. She then attended medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York. 

Allergy Symptoms and Solutions

Red Eyes
Red Eyes
  • Remove all makeup from your eyes each day.
  • Do not wear contact lenses longer than recommended.
  • Clean your contact lenses regularly.
  • Avoid activities that can cause eyestrain.
  • Avoid substances that can cause your eyes to become irritated.
  • If your eye becomes contaminated, flush it out immediately with water.
Itching
Itching
  1. Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the skin that itches.
  2. Take an oatmeal bath.
  3. Moisturize your skin. 
  4. Apply cooling agents, such as menthol or calamine.
  5. Try to limit your bath or shower to just 10 minutes.
  6. Always use “fragrance-free” lotions, soaps and detergents to minimize irritation. 
Runny Nose
Runny Nose
  • Hot beverages like tea may sometimes be more helpful than cold ones.
  • Drinking fluids and staying hydrated.
  • Inhaling hot steam has been shown to help treat a runny nose.
  • Using a neti pot for nasal irrigation (also called nasal lavage) is a common approach to sinus issues.
  • Need some quick relief? Try a hot shower.
Rashes
Rashes
  • Olive oil helps in healing and promotes skin renewal given it is packed with vitamin E and antioxidants. It also soothes the skin and reduces itching.
  • Baking soda is useful in drying skin rashes as also in relieving itching and inflammation
  • Oatmeal is particularly helpful in treating rashes triggered by poison ivy, eczema, chicken pox, sunburn, and allergies.

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Allergy Testing
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Because allergies can trigger dangerous reactions, we offer complete allergy testing for men, women, and children.

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What causes allergies?

When you have allergies, your immune system goes into overdrive when you’re exposed to a harmless substance. Every time you encounter the allergen, your immune system releases chemicals such as histamines, which help your body fight off the invader.

Histamines work by targeting the areas where the allergen enters your body. They can cause widespread inflammation and excess mucus as they try to fight off the allergen. While it isn’t always know why some men, women, or children have allergies, medical experts do find that these factors can increase your risk:

  • A family history of allergies
  • Warm climate or environment
  • Chronic bronchitis or asthma

 

You’re also more likely to develop allergies as a child, although in some cases, it’s possible to outgrow allergies as you get older.

What happens during allergy testing?

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Allergic Rhinitis
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Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, develops when your immune system overreacts to harmless substances, labeling them as dangerous. 

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Every time you encounter that same substance, the immune system releases histamines, which cause a variety of classic allergy symptoms.

There are two types of allergic rhinitis:

Seasonal

When you’re allergic to pollen from trees, grasses, and ragweed, your symptoms worsen during the seasons when pollen is high.  

Perennial

If your symptoms appear year-round, your allergic rhinitis may be due to dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores.

You can have seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. When that happens, you have symptoms all year long but they’re worse during certain seasons.

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Hives
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Whether hives occur occasionally or frequently, one thing’s for certain: You need to find the cause.

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What causes hives?

Hives, medically known as urticaria, are skin reactions that often develop because of exposure to allergens. They usually occur when your body releases histamines to combat allergens that your system thinks are attacking your body. You can develop hives because of:

  • A family history of hives
  • Autoimmune disorders, like lupus
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as thyroid disease or vitamin D deficiency
  • Food, environmental, drug, or other types of allergies

In some cases, it’s also possible to develop angioedema (swelling), which is a similar type of allergy-related skin reaction. Usually, angioedema develops in your hands, cheeks, lips, or near your eyes.

Is there treatment for hives?

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Food Allergies
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Food allergies often appear early in life, affecting 1 in 13 children, but they can develop at any age.

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In fact, you could eat the same food for years, then suddenly develop an allergy. 

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What causes a food allergy?

A food allergy develops when your immune system mistakenly labels food protein as a threat to your body. The immune system creates antibodies for the protein and, as a result, every time you consume the same protein, it triggers an allergic reaction.

What are the most common food allergies?

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Asthma
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Medical experts estimate that more than 26 million Americans have asthma. 

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What causes asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that leads to severe inflammation and narrowing of your airways. They swell and produce extra mucus, which can make breathing extremely difficult. Asthma can either be an occasional nuisance, or it can be a serious ailment that affects your daily life. You may develop asthma due to:

  • Family history of asthma
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke or pollution
Will I know if I have asthma?

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Aspirin Desensitization
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Because aspirin is such a common over-the-counter drug used for so many medical issues it can certainly be frustrating to find out you’re allergic to it. 

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How do I know if I am allergic to aspirin?

While aspirin is one of the most readily available and oldest drugs on the market — it was first made available to the public in 1899 — it’s certainly possible to develop an allergy to it. If you’re allergic to aspirin, you can develop dangerous allergic reactions, even if you only take a small dose. If you’re allergic to aspirin, you may experience:

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Nasal or sinus pressure
  • A runny nose or congestion
  • Itchy rash or hives
What happens during aspirin desensitization?

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National Asthma Day is coming soon...

World Asthma Day is an annual awareness event supported by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and US-based National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and also the World Asthma Foundation. World Asthma Day has been running for 10 years. The day usually has an annual theme, and for 2018 the theme is ‘Allergy and Asthma‘.

The aim of the day is raising awareness of asthma and how it affects sufferers, the day aims to raise support for sufferers and their families. World Asthma Day 2018 is on May 1st. World Asthma Day was launched in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting in Barcelona and has grown to become the biggest international asthma event.
Activities for World Asthma Day may include free screenings for asthma, media advertising, talks, education and community, and sponsored events.