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COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines Jan 21st, 2021

Patient Information Guidelines for COVID 19 Vaccines   Who should NOT get the vaccine? -Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) upon receiving the first series of the COVID vaccine. -Immediate allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID vaccine or any of its components. -Immediate reaction (any severity) to polysorbate.   Who...

Nasal Polyps Dec 12th, 2019

The term ‘polyp’ can sound scary but in this case, it is a benign growth that is usually found in the nasal or sinus cavity.  It is unclear how and why they develop, but an underlying history of allergies may play a role. Patients with nasal polyps will most often...

Hives Oct 25th, 2019

Hives are itchy, red bumps that develop on the skin.  They can vary from being small to quite large.  One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a hive is that it will be transient.  You may notice that you have one on your arm and if you look at your...

Falling into Asthma and Allergies Sep 25th, 2019

The fall can be a beautiful time of year with the color of leaves changing, festive decorations, and apple and pumpkin-picking, but it’s not a great time of year for everyone. For allergy sufferers, it can be quite problematic with a runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, and/or itchy eyes. People...

Cough Aug 28th, 2019

Believe it or not, being sick is not the only reason that someone gets a cough. There can be several causes for a cough, but here are a few of the common causes. One of the symptoms of asthma is a cough. The cough may or may not be coupled...

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance Jul 23rd, 2019

A food intolerance is something that can be uncomfortable and usually causes bloating, abdominal cramping, and/or diarrhea. The most well-known food intolerance is lactose intolerance; if you think of people who suffer from this, they usually have to run to the bathroom after having a lot of dairy. A food...

How to Survive The Spring Allergy Season May 8th, 2019

The spring allergy season is upon us and it’s been pretty brutal for some people. At home, you should keep your windows closed and use air-conditioning. The open windows will allow pollen into your home and can make you more symptomatic even when you are indoors. Another tip is to...

Patch It Up! Apr 4th, 2019

Patch testing is another type of test offered at Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center of Long Island.  This is a test we use for contact dermatitis. What is contact dermatitis?  Think of something touching your skin and your skin then developing a rash sometimes even 72 hours later. The most...

What is skin testing? Feb 13th, 2019

When you come to an allergist’s office to figure out what you are allergic to (food and environmental allergens), you will likely get skin testing or scratch testing.  Skin testing is the preferred method that is used for testing.  It consists of no needles or blood…phew!  With plastic applicators, we...

Allergy Shots Jan 22nd, 2019

Allergy shots or allergy immunotherapy is a great option for people who suffer with environmental allergies.  We are able to individualize the therapy based on a person’s allergies which helps to better target their allergens.  It is time-consuming, but well worth it if one has the time.  It consists of...

Be Your Own Detective Dec 27th, 2018

The holiday season can be a great time of year with friends, family, fun, and food.  A lot of food. While it may be a lot of fun, it’s important to be mindful of food allergies. So much food is passed around at parties and get-togethers and if you are...

Stop Scratching! Nov 30th, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…except for most patients with eczema. Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a skin condition marked by patches of red, itchy, and dry skin.   Skin folds (think inner arms and behind the knees) are most commonly affected, but one can also get patches on...

Asthma Oct 31st, 2018

Asthma is a lung disease that can trigger narrowing of your airways and extra mucus production, which can cause that shortness of breath, chest tightness, excessive coughing, and wheezing.  It can range from pretty mild to rather severe.  Several things can trigger it including allergens, extreme temperatures, exercise, common colds,...