Allergy, Asthma, Immunology on Madison

Reputable Asthma and Allergy Specialist

Evelyn Tolston, M.D. - Monday, January 06, 2014
Asthma and allergy are two conditions that affect more than 50 million people in the United States. In other words, approximately one out of every five Americans suffers from these conditions. The cause of the allergies and asthma range, but the most common factor is genetics. Parents who have allergies tend to pass the traits to their children. If both parents have allergies, then the likelihood of the children having allergies increases drastically. The best way to avoid severe symptoms of allergies such as anaphylaxis, or the inability to breathe, is for the person to seek testing and treatment as quickly as possible. 


Asthma and Allergy Types

Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways swell and the muscles tighten. When this occurs, the individual is unable to breathe properly. Specialists refer to this breathing problem as an asthma attack. Many elements can set off an attack. Some of the most common triggers are dust mites, ragweed, pet dander, pollen and mold. Insect bites, foods and vigorous exercise may also trigger anasthma attack.


Various types of allergies also exist. Some of the most common types of allergies are food allergies, skin allergies and pet allergies. When the sufferer comes in contact with the trigger item, his or her body tries to get rid of the foreign object by reacting in a certain fashion. An allergic reaction may include stomach ache, itchy skins, raised bumps on the skin, abdominal pain and bloating, chest pain, runny nose, shortness of breath and more. People with severe allergies may react with a bout of anaphylaxis. In anaphylaxis, the allergic person suffers from severe throat swelling that cuts off his or her air supply. Someone must either take that person to the hospital, or administer a cure that will restore breathing quickly. 


Treatments for Asthma and Allergies

An allergy specialist, such as Dr. Evelyn Tolsten, can administer testing and then develop an effective treatment plan for asthma and allergy. Effective treatment can prevent a patient from having anasthma attack


When a person schedules an appointment with an allergist, the first thing the allergist will do is perform tests. The most commonly used test in the skin test and the spirometer test. During a skin test, the doctor will prick or touch the person’s skin with some common allergens. If the individual has a reaction, then he or she is allergic to one or more of the substances. The spirometer test is a test that measures the air that goes in and out of the lungs. A doctor can make an asthma diagnosis using this process. He or she may also conduct chest X-rays.


Treatments for asthma may include bronchodilators, corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs. Treatment for allergies may include avoidance of the triggers, antihistamines, steroids and other solutions. Dr. Tolsten is the best allergist in the New York area. She has been providing care to persons with allergies and asthma for years. To schedule a consultation, one may dial 646-424-0400.