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Seasonal Allergies: A Month-to-Month Guide to Your Allergies

Do you experience allergies year-round? Or, do your allergies seem to flare up for just a few months out of the year?

Common allergy symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, skin rash, runny nose, wheezing, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes, among others. You may associate your symptoms with “allergy season,” but what does that mean? Many people think that “allergy season” only occurs in the spring months when pollen is in the air. In reality, however, there is no one single “allergy season” that applies to all people with allergies. It really depends on what you are allergic to and where you live.

Someone with an allergy to tree pollen may experience allergy symptoms during the spring or summer when pollen is more prevalent, while someone with an allergy to dust mites may experience more symptoms during the cold winter months when more time is spent indoors. Your symptoms are related to exposure.

Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of when you’re most likely to come into contact with certain allergens:

January: Indoor allergens are more of a problem during the winter because more time spent inside your home also means increased exposure to things like dust mites, pet dander, and mold. You can reduce your exposure by eliminating these allergens from your home by keeping humidity below 40%, washing your bedding in hot water, and regularly vacuuming and cleaning your home. (Tip: your should use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.)

While it is relatively rare, some people may also experience cold urticaria, which is an allergic reaction to cold temperatures. It can cause hives, redness, swelling, and itching after you’ve been exposed to the cold.

February: Indoor allergens may continue to aggravate your symptoms in February. It is also possible to see tree pollen popping up around the U.S. in this month, even in the colder Northeast. Allergy symptoms may be caused by pollen from alder, maple, hickory, elm, and walnut trees, among others. Cedar trees also pollinate in the winter months (December through March). Tree pollen can cause the same allergy symptoms that are common in “spring allergies,” such as sneezing, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes.

March: With winter beginning to transition into spring, pollen will become more of an issue in March. In addition to tree pollen, pollen from weeds and grasses may also be an issue if spring comes early. Make sure you load up your favorite pollen tracker app onto your phone when March rolls around! Knowing the pollen count can help you plan your daily activities in an effort to reduce exposure to allergens (ex. exercising outdoors when pollen counts are low).

April: Make sure to make an appointment with your allergist and stock up on medications before April rolls around if you have a pollen allergy – April is the height of pollen production for many trees, grasses, and weeds. This can leave many people with seasonal allergies feeling pretty miserable. Remember to keep your windows closed to avoid letting airborne allergens into your home.

May: Tree and grass pollens are still a concern in May. You may also start to see more insects out and about, so stay alert if you are allergic to insect stings or bites.

June: Grass pollens like bermuda, oat, and rye are in full effect in June and can be affected by environmental changes, such as temperature and rainfall. If you haven’t experienced any symptoms from grass pollen yet, it’s likely you may start noticing symptoms during this month. As the temperature warms up you’ll probably want to spend more time outside, which means increased exposure to pollen. (Remember to check your pollen tracker app before you head outside.) You can avoid bringing pollen into your home by taking your shoes off at the door and changing your clothes as soon as you get inside. It’s also a good idea to shower before you go to sleep to avoid bringing pollen into your bed.

July: The month of July brings some good news with it: grass and tree pollen levels should start to reduce. Unfortunately, however, weed pollen may still be an issue and fungus and mold spores start to make an appearance. Mold spores can be found in damp environments, so check your bathroom and basement for any collected moisture or leaks.

August: Mold levels will begin to peak due to the hot, humid weather. Ragweed season also begins during mid August and it can be a difficult pollen to avoid – it has been found two miles into the atmosphere and 400 miles out at sea! The best course of action is to take your medications and avoid exposure.

September: Weed pollens continue to be a problem for allergy sufferers in September, and ragweed will reach its peak in the middle of the month. A single ragweed plant can produce billions of grains of pollen and some of that pollen might be around until the first frost of the season.

October: You might get some relief from your fall allergy symptoms during October, but there are still allergens hanging around. Increased rainfall can cause a growth in the production of mold spores.

November: Here’s something to be thankful for in November: ragweed season is on its way out! November is one of the better months for people with outdoor allergies as pollen levels decline during this month. However, as things get chillier and you once again start to spend more time indoors you’ll have to cope with mold, dust, and pet dander.

December: As in November and January before it, indoor allergies will be a concern in the month of December. Those with an allergy to dust mites may see more symptoms during December as holiday decorations are brought out of storage and anyone with an allergy to mold should be careful if they bring a living Christmas tree into the home as there could be mold spores on the branches.

Are you prepared for your own personal “allergy season”? The first step for preparing for allergy season is to be tested to learn what you are allergic to. Once you know what brings your allergy symptoms on, you can reduce or avoid exposure no matter what time of year it is.

If you have any questions about managing your allergies, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help! Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at info@hudsonallergy.com.


Excited For New Year’s Eve? If You Have Food Allergies, Proceed with Caution If You’re Aiming for an Unexpected Kiss

Living with allergies, particularly food allergies, can be complicated, but with some advanced preparation and tips, you can enjoy a cheerful New Year’s celebration and kick the new year off right.

Here are some of our tips for your New Year’s Eve party:

Be careful when you kiss.
Ringing in the new year with a kiss is perhaps the best known New Year’s Eve tradition. But did you know it could have some nasty consequences for someone with food allergies? Unfortunately, there have been recent stories of people with food allergies having serious anaphylactic reactions after kissing someone with trace amounts of an allergen on their lips. So, before you pucker up, make sure the person you’re going to kiss hasn’t eaten anything that could give you an allergic reaction, such as peanuts or tree nuts. It’s important to know your allergy and communicate with your partner.

Talk to your host beforehand.
The best line of defense for any person with allergies is to know what situation you’ll be walking into. If you’re not hosting the big New Year’s bash this year you’ll want to get in touch with your host ASAP. Talk with the host about your allergies and get the need-to-know details about the event location and the menu. If you contact your host with enough advanced notice they will likely be able to get some recommendations for allergy-friendly dishes and take extra precautions when preparing food. You can also offer to bring along your own allergy-safe food, snacks, or drinks to the party. For example, if you have a gluten intolerance you may want to bring your own gluten-free beer. (Here are some of our favorites.)

Also, if you have cat or dog allergies and the party will be taking place in the host’s home, you can ask about pets in advance and set a reminder on your phone to take an antihistamine before you head to the party.

Make an action plan.
Don’t wait until the big night to think about your allergies. Take some time during the days leading up to New Year’s Eve to put together an action plan to deal with the worst-case scenario. Make sure to bring along the essential items you might need during an emergency, such as an EpiPen or your inhaler. You should also educate at least one other guest at the party on how to administer your medication if you are unable to do so yourself and be sure they know to call 911 after administering emergency medication. Remember, it’s better to have a plan in place and not need it versus not having a plan and regretting it. 

Watch for the signs of an alcohol intolerance.
Most people enjoy a few drinks on New Year’s Eve. Have you ever experienced flushed skin, nasal congestion, or hives after consuming an alcoholic drink? Or, have you ever experienced sickness after just one or two drinks? If so, you might have an alcohol intolerance. Most allergic reactions to alcohol are due to other ingredients (such as preservatives, grains, or yeast), not the alcohol itself. The most common symptoms of an alcohol intolerance include hives, redness, headache, nausea, runny nose, nasal congestion, vomiting, and the worsening of a pre-existing asthma condition. If you think you might have an alcohol intolerance, make an appointment with an allergist and skip the booze on New Year’s Eve.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

A new year can mean a fresh start for managing your allergies and improving your overall health. It can be a wonderful time of year, but New Year’s Eve can also be stressful for those trying to manage allergies. These tips can help you start the year off right.

If you have any questions about managing your allergies in the new year, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help! Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at info@hudsonallergy.com.


Winter Allergy Triggers: Is It Allergies or the Common Cold?

The days are shorter, the nights are colder, and those with pollen allergies are breathing a sigh of relief.

Many seasonal allergy sufferers look forward to winter, as the decreased pollen production means relief from their allergy symptoms. For those sensitive to indoor allergens like mold, pet dander, and dust mites, however, the colder weather doesn’t bring the same sense of relief. In fact, the winter season may cause an uptick in symptoms for these patients as the cold weather often means more time spent indoors – and that leads to increased exposure to certain allergens.

Those experiencing a winter allergy often have symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Due to the weather and these particular symptoms some people may wonder:

Is it allergies, the flu, or a cold?

Many of the symptoms of a cold, seasonal allergies, and the flu virus are shared, which can make it confusing to tell the difference between the three. Better understanding the unique symptoms of each can be helpful for determining whether you should make an appointment with your primary physician or your allergist – or if you should pick up over-the-counter cold medication. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms:

  • Having a fever and body aches is most common with the flu. While you may experience a fever or body aches with a cold, you would never see these symptoms with allergies.
  • If your symptoms last longer than three weeks, the cause is likely allergies. A cold usually lasts up to 14 days and the flu may last from 1 to 3 weeks.
  • Sneezing is a more prominent symptom of allergies.
  • Itchy eyes are uncommon with a cold or the flu, but are often a symptom of allergies.

If the cause of your symptoms appears to be allergies, you’re probably on the lookout for tips on minimizing exposure to allergens. Here’s what we recommend:

Get tested for allergies. If you don’t already know what you are allergic to, it’s time to make an appointment for allergy testing. When you know the exact cause of your symptoms (whether it be dust, pet dander, or something more unusual), you can create a much more targeted approach to clearing allergens from your environment.

Check for mold. Mold grows in damp environments, such as your bathroom or basement. Check these areas for mold growth and remove any sources of standing water. You can kill the mold you find with a mixture of 1-quart water and 1/2 cup bleach.

Try a salt water spray. During the winter, your nose can dry up in the same way that your skin does due to the cold, dry air outside and the warm, dry air inside. This drying out can cause some people to be more prone to nosebleeds in the winter. To prevent this, use salt water sprays or nasal gels. You can also use Vaseline to line the inside of the nose and keep it moist.

Do a deep clean. The best way to remove allergens from your home is with a thorough cleaning. In addition to getting an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove allergens from the air, you should also install filters on the vents in your home. You should also vacuum and dust your home at least once per week (be sure to clean carpets, rugs, and any upholstery that collects allergens). Use a damp cloth when dusting to trap allergens instead of sending them flying into the air around you and wash your bedding and linens in hot water to kill dust mites.

If you have any questions about managing your allergies, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help! Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at info@hudsonallergy.com.


How to Manage Your Food Allergies on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is traditionally seen as a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on what they have been thankful for during the previous year, such as good health, a rewarding career, or the opportunity to spend time with loved ones.

One thing 15 million Americans aren’t thankful for is food allergies.

Unfortunately, food allergies have been on the rise in recent years and there is no clear answer as to why. As the incidence rate continues to rise, more and more American families will be navigating the sometimes complicated world of food allergies and will be on the hunt for ways to make family events and holidays like Thanksgiving safer for their loved ones.

At Hudson Allergy we understand that managing food allergies can take an emotional toll on families, particularly due to stress brought on by a new diagnosis. That’s why we worked to put together a list of tips for safely celebrating Thanksgiving with food allergies and alleviate some of that stress.

Here are a few of our tips for enjoying a safe, allergy-friendly Thanksgiving:

Have an action plan – and an emergency plan.
Take time in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to create an “action plan” for the holiday to ensure that safety is always top-of-mind. If possible, offer to host the dinner; this way you’ll know exactly what was prepared in the kitchen, how it was done, and what ingredients went into the food. If you’re not able to host Thanksgiving dinner, ask the host if it would be possible for you to arrive early to help them prepare the meal. If you are in the kitchen on the day of you’ll have a better idea of what dishes are off-limits.

You should also have an emergency plan in place in case the worst-case scenario were to happen. Make sure you have medications on hand (including emergency medicines like an EpiPen) and educate another responsible person on how to administer your medication if necessary. You should also educate them on the signs of an allergic reaction (swelling, hives, dizziness, wheezing, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and loss of consciousness) and be sure they know to call 911 after administering your emergency education.

Read ingredient labels.
Food labels are an important source of information for people with food allergies. If there is a store-bought item on the table, make sure you check the ingredient label before digging in. For safety, “may contain” on ingredient labels should be read as “likely contains.” If there is no label or it has been discarded, don’t risk it.

Be mindful of hidden allergens.
While every family has its tried and true recipes, some home cooks like to try something new on the holidays, and unfortunately this creativity could be a problem for people with allergies. For example, the new salad dressing recipe that Aunt Susan whipped up this year could contain fish, or Uncle Joe might have decided to add peanuts to the dessert he brought. When it comes to homemade dishes and desserts, ask if you can see the recipe or ask about the ingredients. If you’re not sure about a dish, leave it off your plate.

Also, keep in mind that hidden allergens don’t just lurk in homemade foods. There might even be allergens in the turkey due to certain seasonings, basting broth, or additives in the stuffing.

Bring food with you.
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to eat anything prepared at your host’s home or are concerned about cross-contamination of utensils and tableware, play it safe and bring your own plate of food with you. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, ease your anxiety by reaching out to your host ahead of time and letting them know about your allergies. You can tell them in advance that you plan to bring your own meal, and spin it as a positive – it’s one less person they’ll have to buy food for!

Stay mindful if you have to travel.
Managing your food allergies isn’t just limited to home. If you need to travel to get home for Thanksgiving, you should take a moment to think about all the places you may encounter an allergen on your trip and consider how you’ll manage your allergy. If you have a peanut allergy, for example, you can request a peanut-free flight. If you’ll be dealing with any travel or hospitality staff, such as flight attendants or hotel employees, make sure you let them know about your allergy.

While having a food allergy may prevent you from gobbling down everything on the table, it is still very possible to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving without missing out on the fun.

If you have any questions about managing your food allergies on Thanksgiving don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help! Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at info@hudsonallergy.com.

Hudson Allergy – Feature a Patient’s Business: Kaleena Murdaugh – Kaleena’s Korner Boutique

What is your name and what is your job title?
Kaleena Murdaugh, Merchandiser for Chloe and Isabel.

What is the name of your business, and your website URL?
Kaleena’s Korner Boutique, www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/kaleena

When was your business founded and how long have you been working there?
Founded in May 2016.

Please describe your business: What is your elevator pitch? Who is your ideal customer?
I am currently selling chic, vintage and boho jewelry and accessories that are lead safe, nickel free and hypoallergenic. The jewelry is made in NYC and can be worn for all occasions.

Please describe your role in your business: What does your day-to-day look like?
As a small business woman, I wear many hats. I offer in-home, business or event pop-ups within the NYC metro area. In addition, I also work full time involved in volunteer projects.

How has seeing an allergist (visiting Hudson Allergy) helped you be more productive in your profession?
As a chronic asthmatic since childhood, managing my asthma and allergies has been a struggle. Since I began meeting with Dr. Kuriakose at Hudson Allergy, we identified all of my allergies, which are many. Then I was provided with necessary information to make adjustments at home and prescribed medicine based on my current symptoms. In addition, I also began the allergy shots on a regular basis which has been a tremendous help in managing my asthma and allergies. My allergic/hay fever and asthma flare ups have been reduced significantly.

What advice do you want to give to anyone reading this?
I would recommend anyone who is struggling with managing their asthma and allergies to contact Hudson Allergy. Allergy shots are worth the investment in your overall health and well-being if traditional medications are not working.

What is your favorite thing about NYC?
Diversity. I love that we have a bit of everyone here!


Don’t Be Scared: 6 Tips for Celebrating Halloween with Allergies

It’s that time of year again: Americans all over the country are settling into fall. For many, this means sipping on a pumpkin spice latte while Googling unique patterns to carve into pumpkins and deciding where to hang fake spider webs.

For American children it means picking out a costume and practicing telling neighbors to smell their feet and give them something good to eat. Unfortunately, the “give me something good to eat” part can present a problem for the 1 in every 13 children with food allergies.

You may be worrying about how to handle Halloween if your child has food allergies or sensitivities, but rest assured that there are ways to celebrate this wickedly fun holiday safely and without triggering an allergic reaction. Here are our six tips for celebrating Halloween with allergies:

Be careful with costume makeup.
Many costumes include an element of makeup, such as painting your child’s face a solid color or painting on fake scars or wounds. Remember to be cautious when using Halloween makeup, as it may cause an allergic reaction. Be sure you are using high-quality makeup and do a test of the makeup on a small patch of skin a few days before Halloween to see if a reaction is triggered.

Be prepared.
Before leaving the house on Halloween, do a quick check to make sure you are bringing along all essential items your child needs for their allergies or asthma, such as inhalers, medications, or an EpiPen. Also be sure that another responsible person has been educated on the use of your child’s EpiPen and knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Teach children how to read ingredient labels.
It’s critical that your child understands which foods and ingredients are off-limits to them before they go trick-or-treating or attend a party. Food labels are a key source of information for those with food allergies, particularly with regard to hidden allergens, so it’s important to teach your children how to properly read them and recognize hidden allergens. For safety, children should be taught that “may contain” on ingredient labels should be read as “likely contains.”

Find an alternative to trick-or-treating.
You may decide that it’s best to skip trick-or-treating altogether. If you make this decision, there are plenty of other non-food related activities that you can do with your child to stay in the spirit of Halloween, such as a scary movie marathon, visiting a haunted house, or carving pumpkins. If you do decide to go trick-or-treating…

Look for teal pumpkins.
The Food Allergy Research & Education organization hopes people “go teal” for Halloween. FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes an allergy-friendly Halloween by encouraging people to offer non-food treats to trick-or-treaters, such as crayons, small toys, stickers, bubbles, and other items. Anyone participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project will be displaying either a teal pumpkin or a sign noting that they are participating. For the nearly 6 million children in the US with food allergies, the Teal Pumpkin Project is a wonderful initiative that allows them to join in on the holiday fun.

Swap candy for other treats.
When you and your child return home from trick or treating, sit down and sort through the candy they have collected. You can read ingredient labels together and remove anything that could cause an allergic reaction. Depending on your child’s allergy there may not be much left that they are able to eat (or perhaps anything at all). Plan ahead for this possibility and buy allergy-safe treats in advance. On Halloween night you can swap the candy that your child has collected for the allergy-safe toys and treats.

It’s easy to see why nearly two-thirds of American children say that Halloween is their favorite holiday. Thankfully it is still possible for children with allergies to enjoy the holiday safely – it just requires a little preparation.

If you believe you have food allergies or have questions about resources available to people with allergies, give us a call. Or, if you are looking for an allergist, we’d love to meet you. We can be reached at 212-729-1283 or send us an email at info@hudsonallergy.com.


Get Tips on Safely Trick-or- Treating with Food Allergies from Dr. Lee

Get your Halloween costume ready!

On Monday our very own Dr. Tricia Lee will be giving a food allergy talk to give parents and children tips on how to trick-or- treat safely with food allergies.

Mommy Nearest, The Switch Witch, and the Teal Pumpkin Project are organizing a food allergy friendly playdate in Tribeca – and Hudson Allergy is thrilled to say that Dr. Lee will be on hand to discuss food allergy friendly topics and answer your questions.

The evening will include a story reading of “The Switch Witch,” a Halloween parade, and Teal Pumpkin Project arts & crafts in addition to Dr. Lee’s talk. The event is free to attend and all attendees will also be given a Switch Witch goodie bag!

The playdate will take place at Gymboree Tribeca on Monday October 17th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There are a limited number of tickets, so if you’re interested in attending please try to register ASAP.

Click here to register for the event.

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How to Manage Allergies While Away at College

Being accepted to college is an exciting achievement for many New Yorkers, and an important milestone for many Americans. Many students will be living on their own for the first time and must face the challenges that come along with such a change, including managing allergies without help from parents or family members.

Thankfully, today many schools are well educated on allergies (though some may offer more comprehensive allergy safety policies and procedures). Due to increased awareness and safety programs its possible to have an allergy-friendly and safe college experience almost anywhere.

Here are some tips for managing allergies on campus:

Ask yourself the tough questions.
How responsible are you really when it comes to managing your allergies on your own? Do you always remember to carry your EpiPen or emergency inhaler? Do you take your medications without needing someone to remind you? Are you confident enough to speak up to a dining hall employee about your food allergy? Do you feel comfortable educating your roommate and friends about your allergy and instructing them on how to administer your emergency medications? Can you make an appointment with a local allergist if necessary?

Get comfortable in the dining hall.
If you’ll be having the majority of your meals at the campus dining hall, don’t be shy when it comes to introducing yourself to foodservice employees and telling them about your allergy. You should also feel comfortable asking about ingredients or hidden allergens in prepared foods. Learn in advance what accommodations are available to students with food allergies and sensitivities. You should also learn to read ingredient labels and if you’re ever unsure about a dish, skip it.

Additionally, if you have access to a kitchen and have the ability to cook your own meals, take time to learn which supermarkets are in the area and create weekly allergy-friendly meal plans for yourself.

Understand your housing options.
Most college students live in dorms during the school year, but an apartment is also an option if you would feel more comfortable with more control over your living situation. If you have a roommate be sure to educate them about your allergy and ensure that they understand how serious your allergy can be. Teach them the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction and tell them what to do in case of a future emergency. You should also make sure that your resident advisor has this information as well.

Talk to the doctor.
Make an appointment to speak with the medical staff on campus. In addition to sharing information and medical records about your allergy you’ll want to find out what procedures and policies the school has in place for dealing with allergies and allergic reactions. Also get the address of the nearest hospital and put necessary phone numbers into your cell phone contacts.

College is a fun, exciting time for many students and you don’t need to miss out on the opportunity just because you have allergies. With the proper management, care, and communication you’ll be able to get the most out of your college experience.

If you suspect you have allergies or have questions about other resources available to people with allergies, give us a call. We can be reached at 212-729-1283 or send us an email at info@hudsonallergy.com.


Your Fall Allergy Survival Kit

Are you suffering through itchy eyes, a runny nose, redness, and other allergy symptoms? Or are you anticipating muddling through similar symptoms when fall allergy season begins? Don’t wait to seek relief until you’re halfway through a nasty allergy season. There are things you can start doing now to prepare yourself for the upcoming fall allergy season.

In the fall, ragweed is the number one trigger for allergy symptoms and usually begins to release pollen in August. Many people believe that spring is the only time you need to worry about pollen allergies, but ragweed season can last until October. If you’re one of the 23 million Americans with allergic rhinitis you may want to begin preparing now for fall allergy season.

With fall allergy season on the horizon it’s time to start preparing your fall allergy survival kit. Not sure about what items to include in your kit? No problem.

Hudson Allergy has put together a quick list to get you started. (Tip: You may want to create multiple kits and stash them in different places, such as a drawer at work, in the bathroom cabinet at home, in a purse or backpack, or in your glove compartment.)

Here’s what we suggest you keep on hand during the fall allergy season:

Allergy medications
With allergies, the body’s immune system overreacts to harmless substances such as pollen or dust and responds to them as if they are a threat. Allergy medications can be helpful in curbing this response. Make sure that both your maintenance medications as well as emergency use medications are included in your kit.

Cough drops
In addition to your allergy medications, you should include cough drops in your fall allergy survival kit, particularly if you experience a cough or sore, scratchy throat due to postnasal drip. Many cough drops begin working in as little as 10 seconds to begin soothing your symptoms. A strong menthol cough drop may also help to alleviate some of your nasal congestion caused by allergies.

Eye drops
Do you often suffer from red, itchy, or watery eyes? Eye drops can offer fast-acting (though temporary) relief if your allergy medications aren’t working fast enough for your liking. However, it’s important to remember not to use over-the-counter eye drops for longer than 2 to 3 days as overuse can actually make your symptoms worse.

Sneezing up a storm? Make sure to include a to-go pack of tissues in your allergy survival kit!

Hydrocortisone cream
If your allergies tend to cause skin rashes, you’ll be glad you included this in your survival kit. Hydrocortisone helps to reduce redness, swelling, and itching caused by allergy symptoms, eczema, and other irritations.

Nasal spray
Nasal sprays can bring relief if your allergies have caused a stuffy, itchy, or runny nose. An over-the-counter nasal spray might be what you need, or you may need to make an appointment with an allergist for something prescription strength. Remember not to overuse decongestant nasal sprays due to the rebound effect. When the rebound effect occurs, you may need increasingly higher doses of medication to keep your symptoms under control or your symptoms can become worse if you stop using the spray. If this occurs you may need to stop using the nasal spray to reverse this effect.

In addition to your fall allergy survival kit, you may want to add at least one digital tool to your arsenal: a pollen tracker app for your phone, tablet, or computer. A pollen tracking app will let you know the expected pollen count for your city so that you can prepare ahead of time on particularly bad days. This will allow you to double up on tissues or make plans to stay inside that day.

When you’ve finished putting your allergy kit together, be sure to make an appointment with your allergist to go over your allergy management plan for the fall allergy season. Don’t wait until symptoms are making you miserable!

If you suspect you have allergies or have questions about other resources available to people with allergies, give us a call. We can be reached at 212-729-1283 or send us an email at info@hudsonallergy.com.

Hudson Allergy – Feature a Patient’s Business: Mike Diedrichs – Co-Founder and CEO BoomerangBoard

What is your name and what is your job title?
Mike Diedrichs, Co-Founder and CEO BoomerangBoard.

What is the name of your business, and your website URL?
Our business is BoomerangBoard, www.boomerangboard.com

When was your business founded and how long have you been working there?
The idea for BoomerangBoard was born several years ago at a time when my wife and I found ourselves surrounded by friends, family and a huge network of social network ‘friends’, but felt alone and in need of objective, thoughtful advice as we tried to navigate the life we were trying to build together. We felt there was a void in social networking. People were using it simply as a way to show a small part of their lives, but not truly leveraging their networks as a resource. We realized quickly it was because people (including us) were not being real – they were carefully curating a picture perfect version of their lives. Imagine if we could harness the power and reach of social networking and give it depth – make it meaningful – encourage people to share advice, and pass along to others? It would help so many people. So we did. We created BoomerangBoard! BoomerangBoard is launching this summer and we are so very excited to start spreading the work and building our community!

Please describe your business: What is your elevator pitch? Who is your ideal customer?
BoomerangBoard is a unique anonymous social network offering peer to peer advice. You hand pick personal board of advisors and create mentor groups to get answers, work through life’s challenges, or just share what’s on your mind – anonymously and for free. BoomerangBoard is truly for everyone. It is a place to get advice: for anyone going through a situation in life – good or bad – who is looking for thoughtful objective advice beyond an existing network. Anyone who wants to find answers or share information with others without social pressure or judgment. It is also a place to give advice: for anyone who has life experiences they feel can help someone else. We all have a unique story to tell, we all have life experiences that can and should be shared with others. BoomerangBoard can help you help others.

Please describe your role in your business: What does your day-to-day look like?
I am officially the CEO, but BoomerangBoard is a family business being launched while I have a full time day job. Together with my long time business partner, who serves as COO, and our wives, we are currently in the very beginning stages of launching and marketing the site.

How has seeing an allergist (visiting Hudson Allergy) helped you be more productive in your profession?
I find I am always more productive – in every aspect of my life – if I feel appreciated and supported. The fact that the team at Hudson Allergy approach me about my business and interests – asking if I would like to share with their community – speaks volumes about their supportive approach, and struck such a positive chord with me. They not only got me back to work, comfortably and quickly, by addressing my allergy symptoms, they also offered me this platform to promote BoomerangBoard and hopefully help others by inviting them to join. Easing one another’s burdens, connecting people who want to help others, is what BoomerangBoard is all about. There is an entire community of people dealing with allergies – from minor to life threatening. They can find support and share their experiences with this part of their life – and everything else – on BoomerangBoard.

What advice do you want to give to anyone reading this?
Simply put – you are not alone. There is a whole network of people just waiting to share their experiences and help you.

What is your favorite thing about NYC?
Everyone you see, everything you see, has a unique story to tell.


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