Allergy Specialist

Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology

Allergists & Immunologists located in Clark, NJ & Garfield, NJ

Board-certified adult and pediatric allergy and immunology specialists Peter Benincasa, MD, and Richard E. Luka, MD, offer expert allergy testing and personalized treatment plans at Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. If you or a loved one suffers from allergies, schedule an appointment at one of their convenient locations in Clark, Clifton, or Garfield, New Jersey, by calling or going online today.

Allergy Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system comes in contact with everyday substances, such as pollen, and overreacts to them. Your immune system identifies the allergen as a harmful invader and produces an inflammatory response.

Allergies vary significantly from person to person and can create symptoms that range from a minor runny nose to life-threatening anaphylaxis. At Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, Drs. Benincasa and Luka will spend time with you or your child to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

What are different types of allergies?

Allergies can manifest in many different forms. Some of the most common types of allergies include:

  • Food allergies
  • Drug allergies
  • Mold allergies
  • Skin allergies
  • Pet allergies
  • Eye allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Sinus infections

Having more than one allergy is possible. Comprehensive allergy testing at Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology can help you understand your allergy triggers and take control of your health.

What are allergy symptoms?

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of allergy you have and severity of your condition. Common symptoms of allergic reactions can include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Watery eyes
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting

Fevers are not caused by allergies, despite names like “hay fever.” Anaphylaxis is a rare but severe allergic reaction that may cause trouble breathing, low blood pressure, or cardiac arrest.

How do you diagnose and treat allergies?

First, your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your allergy symptoms. It’s helpful to note any possible triggers so you can share that information at your appointment. They may also perform skin or blood tests to check for allergies.

Then, they will create a personalized treatment plan to manage your allergy symptoms. This treatment may include:

  • Avoiding allergy triggers
  • Immunotherapy
  • Medications to relieve symptoms

If you have a severe allergy with the potential for anaphylaxis, your doctor may suggest you carry emergency epinephrine or an EpiPen®.

For expert care in allergy management, call or go online to schedule an appointment with Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.