Allergy Treatment in Neptune, Holmdel & Manahawkin NJ
Dave, one our allergy patients, wants to tell you his story at Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat.
Seasonal and year-round allergies are widespread, and every year millions of Americans suffer from them, mainly affecting the ears, nose, and throat.
Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat offers testing and treatment for environmental allergies, as well as testing for food allergies in Neptune, Manahawkin and Holmdel, New Jersey. Our team of allergy experts will help identify allergies and work with you to develop the most beneficial care plan. Our team includes:
- Dr. Josef Shargorodsky of Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat, is board certified in adult and pediatric otolaryngology, is fellowship trained in rhinology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA).
- Our allergy nurses are highly experienced in allergy testing and care.
Allergens, ordinarily harmless substances, can cause an immune response in an individual causing an allergic reaction. These allergens can come in the form of pollen, mold spores, dust mites, pet dander, and more. When an allergen enters the eyes, the lining of the nose or lungs the allergic reaction occurs and symptoms begin to appear. For example, the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, commonly known as "hay fever," include itchy eyes, watery eyes, itchy ears, sneezing, nasal discharge, congestion, headaches, fatigue, sinus infections, and dizziness. Patients that suffer from allergic rhinitis also commonly have asthma. While annoying, environmental allergies can actually have a very negative impact on the quality of life, causing missing work days or family activities.
What Causes Seasonal Allergies?
Allergies are triggered by an overreaction of the body’s immune system in which the immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance, like tree pollen, as a dangerous invader and goes into attack mode. In response to these invaders, which are referred to as allergens, the immune system produces antibodies. When the antibodies find the allergen, the cells of the immune system release a chemical called histamine. It is this histamine release that causes allergy symptoms which can include nasal congestion, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, hives and skin rash to name a few.
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For those whom experience food allergies, the immune system is responding to a specific protein in the food consumed instead of to an exterior environmental allergen. Although the majority of food allergies are diagnosed in young children, it is not uncommon for them to materialize in older children and even adults. It is also not unusual for those that suffer from environmental allergies to also have food allergies. The danger is that the allergic reaction to a food allergy can be life-threatening, and often manifests suddenly (although it can take a few hours) of eating the trigger food.
What Causes Food Allergies?
In the case of a food allergy, the body mistakes a specific food as the harmful substance or allergen. Exposure to the food allergen, which can occur with even a small amount of the food, will signal the release of histamines and other chemicals into the bloodstream which in turn causes allergy symptoms. The most common food allergens include: Dairy, egg, peanuts, shellfish, fish, almonds, soybean, and wheat grain.
Learn More About Food Allergies:
- Learn more about Food Allergy Testing
Allergy Testing Hours
To make allergy testing and treatment as convenient as possible, we have added a location and extended our hours. Coastal is now offering testing and treatment in our Neptune and Holmdel offices.
- Monday: 8:15am – 6:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:15am – 4:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
- Thursday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
- Friday: 8:30am – 2:45pm
- Saturday: 8:15am – 12:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:00pm