Allergy Specialist

Lexington ENT & Allergy

Alexa Lessow, MD

Otolaryngology located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

When your immune system is overactive, you may develop allergies to otherwise innocuous substances that result in uncomfortable or even life-threatening symptoms. Get allergy relief from Alexa Lessow, MD, at Lexington ENT & Allergy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If you live or work in New York City, visit Dr. Lessow for allergy treatment. You can call the office or book an appointment using the online form.

Allergy Q & A

What are allergies?

Sometimes your immune system overreacts to a foreign substance that isn't dangerous and wouldn’t harm most other people. 

Your immune system then creates antibodies that cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from minor irritation or inflammation to a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis.

You can be allergic to a wide variety of substances and are often allergic to more than one. 

Why do I have allergies?

Most people with allergies have family members with allergies, so genes are definitely in play. You’re also more likely to develop an allergy to a substance if you’re constantly exposed to it.

You may be at increased risk for allergies if you smoke or live in a polluted environment. 

Anything that lowers your resistance can increase your chances of developing an allergy, including infections or hormonal imbalances. Once you have an allergy, you’re more likely to develop additional allergies over time.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Allergies can cause uncomfortable symptoms that may interfere with your day-to-day life. Some symptoms include:

  • Itchiness
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Tingling sensations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches

The most common condition caused by allergies is allergic rhinitis, which comes in two forms: seasonal or perennial. With seasonal, symptoms occur in spring, summer, or fall and are caused by airborne mold spores or pollen. 

With perennial, symptoms can occur any time during the year and are caused by dust mites, pet hair or dander, cockroaches, mold, or underlying food allergies. You may experience both types.

What are the treatments for allergies?

Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Lessow treats your allergies with evidence-based medical therapies. Some treatments Dr. Lessow may recommend include:

Medications 

Medications such as antihistamines, steroids, and decongestants may help to control allergy symptoms.

Allergy shots 

Dr. Lessow may recommend a series of allergy shots to build a tolerance to your allergic triggers.

Auto-injector

An auto-injector containing epinephrine (e.g., EpiPen) to alleviate acute, extreme, and possibly life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

If you have extreme allergies, life-threatening allergies (including asthma), see Dr. Lessow for help.   

When you’re tired of suffering from allergy symptoms, contact Lexington ENT & Allergy for relief. You can book an allergy consultation online or call the office directly.