Allergy Specialist

Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Multispecialty Diagnostic and Treatment Center located in Forest Hills, NY

Between avoiding your triggers and controlling your symptoms when they show up, allergies can be an everyday challenge. Thankfully, Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Forest Hills offers comprehensive care for allergies to patients in Queens and the greater New York City area so you can manage your symptoms, minimize your exposure to triggers, and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with experienced nurse practitioner Olena Denysova, FNP, call the office directly or use the online booking feature.

Allergy Q & A

What is an allergy?

An allergy is when your immune system is confused and identifies a harmless substance as a danger. Your immune system’s job is to fight off pathogens, which cause disease.

When you have an allergy, your immune system fights the allergen as if it were a pathogen, causing symptoms that can affect your eyes, skin, breathing, stomach, and more. This is called an allergic reaction.

Common allergens include:

  • Airborne allergens: pollen, mold, dust, animal dander
  • Food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, seafood, eggs, soy, milk
  • Insect stings: bees, wasps, yellow jackets, fire ants
  • Medications: antibiotics and over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Materials: latex, and various materials found in clothes, can cause skin reactions

Allergies, especially food allergies, are more common in children than adults. Often, children outgrow their allergies as they get older, but allergies can last into adulthood. Also, allergies sometimes develop in adulthood.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Different allergens cause different symptoms, and people may have varying reactions to the same allergen. Allergy symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. Common signs and symptoms in allergic reactions include:

  • Sneezing, congestion, runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Rashes, including hives (red, swollen, itchy areas)
  • Fatigue
  • Watery, red, itchy eyes
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Fever

These same symptoms might result from many different conditions, including the common cold, which can make allergies difficult to diagnose. However, if you have symptoms for longer than five days (the usual length of a cold), only get them in certain situations or environments, or if they’re strongest during certain seasons, the cause may be allergies.

How are allergies diagnosed and treated?

An important part of diagnosing and treating allergies is figuring out what your triggers are. Ms. Denysova performs physical exams, asks questions about your symptoms, and conducts allergy tests. She may expose your skin to a very small amount of an allergen to see how it reacts or test your blood for antibodies that cause allergies.

Allergy treatment includes habit and lifestyle changes to minimize your exposure to triggers and medication to keep your symptoms under control. Ms. Denysova guides you on how to avoid allergens. For example, you may need to be extra diligent about cleaning your home to remove dust and read food labels closely for allergens.

Medications to treat allergies include antihistamines, which block the chemicals your body releases during an allergic reaction, decongestants, which quickly relieve nasal and sinus congestion, and corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation from allergies.

To get treatment for allergies, schedule an appointment at Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center online or over the phone today.