North Shore ENT
Alexander Sorin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
ENT & Otology located in New Hyde Park, NY
Allergies can cause a number of issues with the sinuses, ears, and nasal passages. At North Shore ENT in New Hyde Park, New York, board-certified otolaryngologist Alexander Sorin, MD, FACS, helps patients determine the cause of their allergies and the best treatment for effective relief. To schedule your visit, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
Your immune system is responsible for protecting your body against harmful substances. Allergies occur when your body identifies an unharmful substance like pollen as harmful. This abnormal immune response can result in a number of symptoms, including:
- Itchy nose and eyes
- Watery, red, or swollen eyes
- Chest tightness
Allergic reactions can cause inflammation to the skin, sinuses, and airways. Some patients experience a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
What is anaphylaxis?
Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- A weak pulse
- Skin rash
Anaphylaxis is an emergency condition that requires immediate care. Patients who experience anaphylaxis are often prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector to address severe symptoms. Even if symptoms subside, patients who experience an anaphylactic reaction should still seek emergency care.
Although there is no cure for allergies, symptoms can be managed through a number of effective methods. Treatment for allergies begins with an accurate diagnosis.
How are allergies diagnosed?
The first step in helping you avoid allergic reactions is allergy testing. Dr. Sorin uses allergy testing to identify the specific allergen responsible for your symptoms. Allergy testing begins with a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms. Dr. Sorin may require you to keep a log of your symptoms and possible triggers.
To confirm your condition, Dr. Sorin may perform a skin or blood test.
A skin test is used to examine your skin’s reaction to certain allergens. To perform the test, Dr. Sorin pricks your skin, exposing you to small amounts of potential allergens. Based on your skin’s reaction, usually a hive or small raised bump, Dr. Sorin can determine which allergen is responsible for your symptoms.
To perform a blood test, Dr. Sorin takes a small sample of your blood and sends it to a lab. There it’s tested for the presence of allergy-causing antibodies and sensitivity to certain allergens. Once your specific allergen is identified, you and Dr. Sorin work together to develop a plan to help you minimize or eliminate your symptoms.
What is sublingual immunotherapy?
Sublingual immunotherapy is a safe and effective way of regulating your body’s immune response. Sublingual immunotherapy uses small doses of your allergen to build up your body’s tolerance and reduce symptoms.
Sublingual immunotherapy comes in the form of drops or tablets that are placed under your tongue. Treatments are repeated at home as often as daily to help the body develop long-lasting immunity.
What other allergy treatments are there?
Additional treatments for allergies include:
- Immunotherapy injections
- Emergency epinephrine
Allergy avoidance is also a major component of managing your allergies. Once Dr. Sorin identifies your sensitivities, he helps you develop ways to avoid allergic reactions.
To discuss your allergies with Dr. Sorin, book an appointment at North Shore ENT by phone or online today.