Allergy Testing

What is an allergy?
An allergic reaction is defined as a hyper-reactivity toward normally non-immunogenic substances.

What are common allergy symptoms?
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include any, some, or many of these:

  • Skin: redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts)
  • Lungs: wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
  • Head: swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headache
  • Nose: stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
  • Eyes: red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery
  • Stomach: pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea
  • Mood or behavioral change, dizziness

Our blended approach of Immunotherapy includes; desensitization, avoidance where practical, nutritional supplementation and can help most people with allergies, young and old alike.

With the help of our D.A.N. (Defeat Autism Now) physician, Dr. Jesse Stoff, many children on the Autism spectrum experience an improvement in their symptoms when their allergy symptoms are gently addressed. Dr. Stoff's extensive background in immunology combined with a deep understanding of the needs of those on the autism spectrum makes allergy care at East End Wellness Center extraordinarily useful for these patients.

This video from News 12 Long Island contains a brief introduction featuring Dr. Jesse Stoff and the allergy program at the Center.

Common Allergens
Allergies usually occur from things that we are commonly exposed but sensitive to. The major causes of allergies are:

Pollen: Exposure to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds can trigger hay fever or seasonal allergies. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and itchy, watery eyes, headaches and irritability. Minimize symptoms by staying indoors on windy days when pollen counts are high, closing windows, and running the air conditioning.

Animal Dander: Proteins secreted by oil glands in an animal's skin and present in their saliva can cause allergic reactions for some. If your pet is causing allergies, make your bedroom a pet-free zone, avoid carpets, and wash the animal regularly. A HEPA filter and frequent vacuuming may also help.

Dust Mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms that live in house dust. Minimize dust mite allergies by covering mattresses, pillows, and box springs, using hypoallergenic pillows, washing sheets weekly in hot water, and keeping the house free of dust collecting-items such as stuffed animals, curtains, and carpeting.

Insect Stings: People who are allergic to stings can have a severe or even a life-threatening reaction. Symptoms include extensive swelling and redness from the sting or bite that may last a week or more, nausea, fatigue, and low-grade fever. Rarely, insect stings may cause anaphylaxis, with symptoms including difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, throat, or mouth, rapid pulse, dizziness, or a sharp drop in blood pressure.

Molds: Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. They can be found in damp areas such as basements or bathrooms, as well as in grass or mulch. Ventilate moist areas in the home.

Foods: Milk, shellfish, nuts and wheat are among the most common foods that cause allergies. Symptoms, can include asthma, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling around the mouth. Avoiding offending foods altogether is important as you begin therapy.

Latex: Latex in gloves, condoms, and certain medical devices can trigger latex allergy. Symptoms include skin rash, eye irritation, runny nose, digestive problems, sneezing, wheezing, and itching of the skin or nose.

Colognes/Perfumes: Fragrances found in products including perfumes, scented candles, laundry detergent, and cosmetics can have mild to severe health consequences. For most people, symptoms abate once the scent is out of range.

Insects: Not only are cockroaches creepy, but a protein in their droppings can be a troublesome allergen. It can be difficult to eradicate cockroaches from your home, especially in a warm climate, or if you live in an apartment building where bugs can pass back and forth to a neighboring unit. Treat for roaches by using pesticides, keeping a clean kitchen, and repairing cracks and holes in floors, walls, and windows to prevent their entry into the home.

Those people with severe allergies should wear a MedicAlert bracelet and carry an epinephrine kit.

More specifically, at the East End Wellness Center we address allergies through a combination of treatments, including:

  • Recommending an individualized diet program
  • Using intra-dermal skin testing to identify underlying allergies that stress and weaken your immune system
  • Progressive desensitization to neutralize allergic reactions
  • Nutritional supplementation to support the healing process
  • IV therapy to more quickly support your immune system and resolve nutritional deficiencies
  • Ordering Laboratory tests to further clarify and diagnose your problems
  • Selected temporary avoidance of the worst offenders

Our Professionals

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    Jesse A. Stoff, MD, MDH, FAAFP, DABAM
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    Robert S. Newman, DC, DACBN, CCN
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    Kristina DeMarco
    Patient Care Coordinator

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