Allergies Specialist

MyDoc Urgent Care

Board Certified Family Medicine & Emergency Medicine located in Forest Hills, NY

Allergies can be more than simply a nuisance, and lead to serious health problems if left untreated. At MyDoc Urgent Care Forest Hills, New York, Dr. Nabil Salib and his experienced medical team perform asthma and allergy testing and treatment to ease symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call today to learn more or use the online scheduling tool. Walk-ins are welcome.

Allergies Q & A

What causes allergies?

If you have allergies, you’re allergic to something in the air, foods, medications, or other substances. Common allergens, or substances that cause allergic reactions, include:

  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Bee and other insect stings
  • Latex
  • Medications
  • Animal dander
  • Certain foods
  • Dust mites

Allergic responses to allergens range from mild to severe, and can be simply a nuisance or cause life-threatening symptoms.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Regardless of what you’re allergic to, you might experience common symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • An itchy or runny nose
  • Swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Hives or a rash
  • Chest tightness or shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Itching all over your body
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea, vomiting, or a fever

If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, the experienced medical team at MyDoc Urgent Care can diagnose and treat your condition.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Salib and his team test for asthma and allergies to establish an appropriate treatment plan and ease symptoms. He asks detailed questions about signs and symptoms you’re experiencing, and completes a thorough physical examination. He may also recommend a:

Skin prick test

During a skin prick test, your provider punctures areas of your skin exposing you to small amounts of potential allergens. Doing so helps determine which substances you’re allergic to, as allergens cause a raised bump on your skin.

Blood tests

Dr. Salib may recommend blood tests to measure the amount of allergy-causing antibodies present in your blood.

Breathing tests

Breathing tests, such as spirometry and peak flow tests, help determine if you have asthma. You’ll breathe in and out using various devices to establish how efficient your breathing is.

How are allergies treated?

After establishing what you’re allergic to, Dr. Salib determines an appropriate treatment plan. He may recommend:

  • Allergy medications
  • An inhaler for asthma
  • Allergy shots
  • Immunotherapy
  • An epinephrine shot for emergencies
  • Avoiding allergens

When you’re ready for asthma and allergy testing and treatment from a board-certified physician offering same-day appointments with no wait time, call MyDoc Urgent Care today or use the online scheduling tool. Walk-in appointments are welcome.