Allergies & Allergy Treatments
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

Allergy Doctor NYC

Allergies & Allergy Treatments

Allergy doctors in NYC can address the many unpleasant symptoms of seasonal and chronic allergies. Many patients seek treatment from allergy specialists for their nasal allergies every year. Runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and congestion are just some of the common allergy symptoms that can affect the sinuses and interrupt your daily routine. Many patients are unaware of the exact allergens that bother them each year. While some patients suffer from seasonal allergies during the spring, summer, and fall months, others are affected by perennial allergies that occur year-round. At New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center, Dr. Edward Shin can examine you and determine the nature of your sinus disorder. If allergies are suspected, Dr. Shin will refer you to an allergy specialist to test for specific allergies. Non-invasive allergy treatments and minimally invasive techniques are available to manage symptoms and help restore your quality of life.

NASAL ALLERGIES OVERVIEW
CAUSED BY FOREIGN SUBSTANCES LIKE POLLEN, DUST, OR MOLD
TRIGGER AN IMMUNE SYSTEM RESPONSE THAT CAUSES ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
SNEEZING, RUNNY NOSE, CONGESTION, & COUGHING ARE COMMON
SEASONAL RHINITIS TYPICALLY PEAKS IN SPRING, SUMMER, & FALL
CHRONIC RHINITIS CAN OCCUR YEAR-ROUND
SHARE MANY OF THE SAME SYMPTOMS AS THE COMMON COLD
PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION IS REQUIRED TO DIAGNOSE
TREATMENT INVOLVES IDENTIFYING & AVOIDING ALLERGENS, AS WELL AS MANAGING SYMPTOMS
NON-SURGICAL & MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE TO RELIEVE NASAL ALLERGIES
Allergy Treatments

What Are Allergies?

Allergens are foreign substances that trigger an immune response. Your immune system protects your body from foreign invaders and pathogens. When the body is exposed to an allergen, the immune system produces an immune response to that allergen.

Among the chemical compounds produced are histamines, which are responsible for many of the traditional symptoms of nasal allergies, including runny nose, sneezing, and puffy eyes.

SOME COMMON ALLERGENS
POLLEN
PET DANDER
DUST
FOODS (SHELLFISH, NUTS, WHEAT, AND MORE)
MOLD
INSECTS (SUCH AS COCKROACHES AND BEE STINGS)

Many patients are not aware that they are suffering from either seasonal or perennial allergies. In many cases, allergens are not identified and symptoms go untreated. An allergy doctor can help you learn more about the possible allergens that may be exacerbating your symptoms.

What Causes Allergies?

There are many types of allergens, including pollen, dust, or certain foods. While some allergies are seasonal, like hay fever, other allergens may be chronic and last the entire year.

TYPES OF ALLERGIES
Seasonal Rhinitis
Seasonal allergies typically occur around spring, summer, and fall. The most common allergens responsible for seasonal rhinitis are pollen from flowers and mold spores that are released from plants, wood, weeds, and soil. These allergens float through the air and enter the body through the nose, triggering your body’s immune response that causes traditional nasal allergy symptoms.
Chronic Rhinitis
Also referred to as perennial rhinitis, chronic rhinitis is caused by year-round allergens. Chronic allergies mostly come from indoor sources, including dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, and mold. These sources are typically the cause of winter allergies, as there is less ventilation during the cold months and patients spend more time indoors. Chronic rhinitis can be very difficult to diagnose without a professional evaluation from an allergy doctor, as many sources of perennial allergies are difficult to detect.

What Are The Symptoms Of Nasal Allergies?

Allergies cause nasal and sinus tissue to swell, leading to symptoms that can affect the nose, throat, and ears. The most common nasal allergy symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion. Coughing, wheezing, and post-nasal drip are also common. It is important to remember that allergies share many symptoms with sinus disorders, including sinus infections and sinus blockages. An allergy doctor in NYC can determine whether your symptoms are being caused by allergens or another condition.

NASAL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
SNEEZING
ITCHY OR RUNNY NOSE
NASAL CONGESTION
CHEST TIGHTNESS
COUGHING
WHEEZING
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
WATERY OR PUFFY EYES
SORE OR SCRATCHY THROAT
POST-NASAL DRIP
CLOGGED EARS
SINUS PRESSURE

How Can I Tell If I Have Nasal Allergies Or A Cold?

Many patients are unsure if they have allergies or a common cold due to the overlap of symptoms. In general, allergies do not produce fever, chills, or body aches; these symptoms are typically caused by an infection. Another indicator is the length of your symptoms. Common colds or infections typically reside within a few weeks, while allergy symptoms can be long-lasting. Our sinus specialist in NYC can evaluate your condition to determine if you have an infection or if your symptoms are caused by allergies.

What Are Some Common Allergy Treatments?

Your allergy specialist will develop a treatment plan aimed at identifying allergies, avoiding allergens if possible, and treating the symptoms caused by allergies. Common allergy treatments include nasal rinses to clear nasal passages and decongestants to improve airflow through the nose. Nasal corticosteroid sprays can reduce nasal inflammation and relieve symptoms. Antihistamine medications may also be prescribed to limit your body’s production of histamines that exacerbate allergy symptoms.

Some patients may be candidates for immunotherapy to treat allergies. These treatments typically involve a series of allergy shots that help decrease your body’s sensitivity to the allergen. Each injection contains a small amount of the allergen and dosages increase over time. Immunotherapy can be effective for treating allergies to pollen, dust, pet dander, and mold, among others. Your allergy doctor in NYC can recommend which treatments are right for you and can answer any questions you may have.

Can Clarifix® Treat My Allergies?

Clarifix® is a minimally invasive allergy treatment that can help relieve the symptoms of nasal allergens, including seasonal rhinitis and chronic rhinitis. Clarifix® can reduce nasal congestion, runny nose, and post-nasal drip to improve overall quality of life. The Clarifix® device uses cryotherapy to freeze the posterior nasal nerves located at the back of the nasal cavity. This freezing effect temporarily disrupts the nerve signals that trigger allergy symptoms.

Clarifix® can be performed under local anesthesia using an endoscopic probe. The endoscope allows your allergy specialist to see inside the nasal cavity and treat the posterior nasal nerves. The probe delivers controlled cooling to both sides of the nasal cavity for approximately 30 seconds each.

There is minimal downtime required and patients can resume most daily activities immediately following Clarifix® treatment. You may experience some light congestion for a few days. Patients should avoid heavy lifting, bending down, and vigorous exercise until permitted by their allergy specialist. Clarifix® patients can begin to see allergy treatment results within 2-6 weeks. Follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain results.

How Do I Learn More About Allergy Treatment In NYC?

Dr. Shin would be happy to discuss allergy treatments in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985