Whether you or your child are affected by a food allergy or environmental allergy, we offer the immediate care and attention you need. Our allergy and immunology specialists will work closely with you, your family and your doctor to develop the best treatments and the most effective solutions. We provide a comprehensive approach that uncovers the cause of your allergy or asthma while providing the best solutions. We provide a complete range of services to help our patients resolve their concerns.
- Immunotherapy: This innovative treatment may be employed to treat most allergies (no matter the severity of symptoms). There are a variety of methods your doctor may employ: oral ingestion, injection, sublingual drops (placed under the tongue to dissolve). Immunotherapy aims to desensitize the immune system’s negative response to a particular allergen through gradual exposure over a period of time. Each method requires a different schedule for gradual exposure.
- Antihistamines: Consists of over-the-counter or prescription medications taken by mouth. We may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines as a first step to treating your condition or may prescribe you stronger antihistamines depending on the severity of your condition. Antihistamines block a chemical created in the body called histamine (which creates allergy-associated symptoms). This medication reduces symptoms associated with allergies and provides instant and long-lasting relief (up to 24 hours depending on the brand).
- Asthma Preventers: This type of treatment consists of inhaled steroid medication that helps prevent allergic asthma flare-ups. This inhaled steroid medication usually comes in the following colors: red, orange, brown, or purple. Preventers reduce any swelling or redness in the airways and dry up mucus to remove any blockage that could cause respiratory symptoms associated with allergic asthma. Commonly prescribed asthma preventers include Budesonide, Beclometasone, Mometasone, Ciclesonide, and Fluticasone.
- Asthma Relievers: This treatment is utilized in the event that an asthmatic individual experiences an asthma attack or allergic asthma flare-up due to inhalant allergen exposure. An asthma reliever comes in the form of an inhaled steroid medication (like a preventer) but provides immediate relief by relaxing the airway muscles, so it is easier to breathe. A reliever should be carried with you at all times, as it can save their life in the event of an unexpected allergic asthma attack.
- Avoidance: You will be advises on what ingredients to avoid and how to effectively evaluate food/product package labels.
- Nasal-Corticosteroid: We may recommend over-the-counter nasal corticosteroids or prescribe you a specific kind, depending on the severity of symptoms. It is an anti-inflammatory that provides immediate relief from nasal congestion and other symptoms associated with a sinus infection.
- Topical Anti-Itch Cream: You may recommend an over the counter anti-itch cream to treat symptoms associated with an insect allergy or hives. Depending on your immune response to an allergen during the testing phase, your top of the line allergy specialist doctor may prescribe a steroid cream to reduce inflammation, itchiness, and general irritation at the sting site.
- Auto-Injectable Epinephrine: If you experiences severe allergic reactions from exposure to an allergen, their immunologist will prescribe them auto-injectable epinephrine to carry with them at all times. Those who suffer from severe allergic reactions to certain food must carry this device with them at all times in order to stay protected from unexpected exposure to a food allergen.
- Oral Decongestant: This medication comes in the form of a tablet and is widely available over the counter, though your immunologist may prescribe stronger oral decongestants if necessary. Oral decongestants provide instant relief for blocked or runny noses and general sinus congestion associated with allergies. This treatment provides temporary, immediate relief for symptoms associated with allergies.
- Montelukast: Also commonly known by its brand name, Singulair®, this prescription oral medication is an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce respiratory symptoms associated with a sinus infection. This tablet is usually prescribed as a daily medication.
The sooner you schedule an appointment, the sooner you can experience relief!
Allergy and Asthma Center of Long Island
891 Northern Blvd.
Great Neck, NY 11021