Allergies

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NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

Whether you’re dealing with sneezing, itchy eyes, or other adverse reactions to certain foods or materials, NY Family Docs can help through allergy testing and treatment. Board-certified allergist and immunologist Brian Novick, MD, offers these services at their offices throughout Brooklyn and Queens, including Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and Williamsburg, New York. Get started on the path to relief from your allergies by calling NY Family Docs or booking your appointment online.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are caused by a necessary part of your body: your immune system. You need your immune system to attack foreign substances that could present a hazard to your health (e.g., infectious bacteria).

However, your immune system sometimes makes a mistake. In the case of allergies, it triggers defense mechanisms even though the substance doesn’t pose any threat to your health. 

For example, your body can think that pollen is a health threat. It attacks the pollen through an immune response that leaves you sneezing with a runny nose and itchy eyes. All of those reactions are your body trying to expel the pollen, which wasn’t harmful in the first place.

Some people are allergic to certain foods or to pet dander, while others have an adverse reaction when they come into contact with certain materials — like nickel or latex — or they get stung by an insect. Some of the resulting allergic reactions can include:

  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes and ears
  • Swelling at the contact site
  • Mental fog
  • Congestion

Fortunately, there are treatments that can calm your immune system’s unnecessary response to allergens, giving you relief, but first, you need to determine what is triggering your allergies.

How do I know what’s causing my allergies?

To best treat your allergies, Dr. Novick first needs to know their root cause. He tests for a wide variety of allergy triggers. Using this testing, he identifies what’s causing your body’s improper immune response. From there, he can tailor treatment to give you relief.

How are allergies treated?

The treatment Dr. Novick delivers is based on your specific allergy and your specific body. It might include medication like antihistamines to calm your body’s immune response. It might also involve avoiding your allergen as much as possible, which could mean changing your diet or getting rid of items with certain materials (e.g., earrings with nickel in them).

Together, you and Dr. Novick work to get you complete allergy relief.

Don’t let allergy symptoms lessen the quality of your life. For thorough allergy testing and treatment, call NY Family Docs or schedule your appointment with Dr. Novick online.