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Hudson Allergy continues NYC expansion, opening a new Grand Central Office, the brand’s third Manhattan Location

Hudson Allergy, the premier private allergy practice in New York City, announces the opening of its third office location just in time for the fall allergy season. The new Grand Central office space is located at 485 Lexington and will provide the same treatment options, superior care and amenities that patients have come to expect at Hudson Allergy’s existing offices in Tribeca and the Flatiron neighborhoods.

“The Grand Central office will allow us to conveniently treat patients who commute into the city through Grand Central and provide concierge service to professionals who highly value their time and health.” said Julie Kuriakose, MD; Co-Founder of Hudson Allergy.

Hudson Allergy is also pleased to announce the addition of a new physician to its highly skilled medical staff. Dr. Rushita Mehta, a board certified allergist and immunologist specializing in a variety of allergic conditions, asthma, angioedema, and immunodeficiency, is set to join the practice. Dr. Mehta is committed to providing excellent, evidence-based, and compassionate care for the patients of Hudson Allergy.

“We are proud of the reputation we have developed over the past five years, and are excited to introduce Dr. Mehta who is eager to bring our brand of service and culture to patients who want to visit us in Mid Manhattan. “ added Tim Mainardi, MD; Co-Founder of Hudson Allergy.

Hudson Allergy is currently accepting new patients at all three Manhattan locations, and does accept same day appointments and walk ins.


About Hudson Allergy

Founded and led by two Columbia University trained physicians, Hudson Allergy offers a full range of allergy, immunology and asthma services and provides the most advanced methods available. Hudson Allergy’s testing capabilities are second to none, and the practice is highly specialized in dealing with complex allergies.


Oral Allergy Syndrome: Triggers, Symptoms, and How to Avoid It

Does your mouth feel itchy after you eat certain raw fruit and vegetables?

You might have oral allergy syndrome (OAS), an allergic reaction near the mouth in response to proteins in certain raw fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts. The symptoms of OAS include a scratchy throat, itchy mouth, and swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. Some people also report itchy ears. Unlike some other types of allergic reactions, the symptoms of OAS do not normally spread beyond the mouth area. Symptoms may subside once the fruit or vegetable is removed from the mouth.

The onset of OAS is less common in young children; it is more common in teens and young adults that have been eating these fruits and vegetables for years without any symptoms or problems.

What are the triggers of OAS?

The allergic reaction occurs because the proteins found in certain fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts are similar to those found in pollen.  As in other types of allergic reactions, in OAS the immune system is “confused” by these proteins and triggers a response in reaction to harmless substances. Patients may be more likely to experience a reaction if the pollen they are allergic to is in the air and they are breathing it in while eating the protein-similar (homologous) fruit, because the immune system has been primed by the pollen exposure to attack similar proteins in the fruit.

It is common for those with birch pollen allergies to experience OAS, but it can also affect those with allergies to alder tree, ragweed, mugwort and grass pollen. Some people may experience allergic symptoms when eating only one food, and others may have an allergic response to a variety of foods.

People with OAS may be able to eat the same fruits or vegetables in their cooked forms because the heating and cooking process distorts the proteins and the immune system no longer recognizes the food. When it comes to celery, nuts, and some berries, however, there may still be the possibility of a reaction even after cooking.

What foods may trigger a reaction for those with birch pollen allergies?

People with birch pollen allergies may experience OAS when they consume raw apples, apricots, cherries, carrots, almonds, hazelnuts, peaches, pears, fennel, green peppers, walnuts, kiwis, plums, prunes, beans, coriander, and nectarines, among others.

What foods may trigger a reaction for those with grass pollen allergies?

If you have grass pollen allergies, you may experience OAS when consuming oranges, peaches, melons, celery, and tomatoes, among others.

What foods may trigger a reaction for those with ragweed pollen allergies?

Cucumbers, melons, bananas, zucchini, and sunflower seeds may trigger OAS if you have ragweed pollen allergies.

How is OAS diagnosed?

An allergist can diagnose OAS after taking a patient’s medical history or after conducting an oral food challenge or a skin prick test. People that experience an OAS reaction that progresses beyond the mouth area may be at an increased risk for anaphylaxis. You should consult with an allergist to determine if you should carry an epinephrine auto-injector.

How can OAS be avoided or treated?

The best way to avoid experiencing OAS symptoms is to avoid trigger foods that may cross-react with your pollen allergies. You may also take oral antihistamine medications to relieve mild OAS symptoms. For some people, allergy shots can ameliorate the symptoms of OAS.

Do you have 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

Hudson Allergy – Feature a Patient’s Business: Tanya Tracy – Private Chef

What is your name?
Tanya Tracy, Private Chef.

What is the name of your business, and your website URL?
Tanya Tracy, LLC,

When was your business founded and how long have you been working there?
2012 – since inception.

Please describe your business: What is your elevator pitch? Who is your ideal customer?
A private chef in the Hamptons, NYC and NJ with a love for tradition and a taste for the new. Tanya has a line of chutneys and cookies. As a chef, she specializes in multiple cuisines – Indian, Italian, French, Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish, Latin, and Pan American Cuisines. My ideal customer is someone who wants a unique experience of having someone come to their home and cook the cuisine of their choice – someone who wants to enjoy awesome food and service in the comfort of their home and doesn’t want to wait in line for a table.

Please describe your role in your business: What does your day-to-day look like?
Making food lists to shopping for groceries to chefing to baking to managing social media to gaining wholesale accounts for my chutneys and cookies line.

How has seeing an allergist (visiting Hudson Allergy) helped you be more productive in your profession?
It has helped me maintain my asthma so I can breathe better and able to work in the kitchen at a fast pace and multitask without running out of breath!

What advice do you want to give to anyone reading this?
Do NOT settle for average food and service! We live in a world where we are fortunate to enjoy foods, spices and ingredients from all over the world. We don’t have to visit India to have authentic Indian Food to go to Italy to enjoy great Pasta – we can enjoy it right here in the comfort of our home!

What is your favorite thing about NYC?
That everything is so accessible – I can walk to the best parks to my doctor’s visits to a Starbucks! That it is a melting pot that brings all of us together from different parts of the world with amazing foods and traditions to share!

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Instagram: @ttanyatracy
Twitter: @TTanyaTracy
Facebook: Tanya Tracy


I Do: Planning a Wedding When You Have Allergies

Here comes the bride! Wedding season is officially here, so you might be finding yourself with an overwhelming number of RSVP cards to fill out, or maybe you’ll be sending out invitations for your own nuptials. Couples planning their weddings already have enough to worry about (the caterer, the cake, Great Uncle Gus’s dance moves), but there’s one worry they might not even be thinking about for the big day: allergies.

Allergies should have no place at the sweetheart table – or any table in the venue, as a matter of fact. With a little bit of planning ahead, the bride and groom can avoid allergies altogether. Here are our tips for managing and preventing allergy symptoms on your wedding day:

Think about indoor vs. outdoor.
Many couples prefer to be surrounded by the beauty of nature while they say their vows, but if you’ve got serious outdoor allergies, it might be best to have your ceremony indoors. If you’re absolutely set on an outdoor venue, however, we recommend a few things:

  • Avoid having your outdoor ceremony during peak pollen season. Take a look at our month-to-month allergy calendar to see when particular pollens are at their worst.
  • Check the pollen count. If it’s a low count for the day, celebrate! If not, stock up on medications and the supplies you’ll need throughout the day. Pollen counts are highest in the early morning, so consider scheduling your ceremony for a little later in the day.
  • Start taking your medications a few weeks before the big day to prevent symptoms from developing. Allergy medication is more effective at preventing symptoms than it is at curing them.
  • If your wedding will be on a lawn, make sure the grass is cut at least a day or more before the ceremony. Mowing can release pollens into the air.
  • Let guests know that the wedding will be outside so they can prepare the same way you are.
  • Wear waterproof makeup in case of watery eyes caused by allergy symptoms. (Though you may be doing this anyway!)

Consider cross-reactions.
Pollen can do more than just cause you to sneeze or have watery, itchy eyes. Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction caused by eating certain types of foods. The proteins in these foods mimic those found in certain pollens. For example, if you are allergic to birch pollen you may have a reaction to apples, carrots, almonds, peaches, cherries, and more. Different types of pollen allergies will cause different types of reactions to a variety of fruits and vegetables. The symptoms of oral allergy syndrome include an itchy mouth, scratchy throat, and swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue. Many people with OAS are able to eat the same reaction-causing foods as long as they are cooked. If you have OAS, discuss your “no go” foods with your caterer.

Have an allergy-safe meal option.
While people with OAS can eat the foods they are allergic to if they are cooked, this is not true for food allergies. Avoidance is the best management for someone with a food allergy. To accommodate guests with food allergies, meet with your caterer in advance to offer an allergy-safe meal option. The “Big 8” food allergens are milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. You’ll want a dish that avoids these ingredients. A vegetable-based dish with a milk- and butter-free sauce may fit the bill. Your caterer likely has experience in preparing meals for people with dietary restrictions, so make sure to discuss this with them ahead of time. The waitstaff should also be educated in the ingredients of the hors d’oeuvres and main dishes so that they can communicate allergen information to your guests.

Avoid scents.
Powerful scents can aggravate your allergy symptoms and even cause headaches. No bride or groom wants to deal with that on their wedding day! Faux candles are scent-free, with the benefit of also being fire-safe. If you can’t find low-fragrance flowers that you like, consider silk or paper flowers for your bouquets. Not only will they be allergy-friendly, they’ll also last forever. Be sure to stress the importance of being fragrance-free when you meet with your florist and the venue’s coordinator.

Clean in advance.
If your wedding involves an indoor space, make sure it is cleaned at least a day before the ceremony since cleaning will kick up dust and other airborne allergens that could irritate your symptoms. You should also use vacuums with a HEPA filter to trap more allergens while cleaning.

Do trial runs.
We don’t just mean the rehearsal. Meet up with your makeup artist to do a trial run of the makeup you’ll be wearing on the day to see if any of it has an adverse effect on your skin. If you’re having flowers, visit your florist to see if the arrangements are too fragrant or might aggravate your allergy symptoms. (Many flower pollens are too heavy and large to reach your sinuses, so with regard to flowers it is usually more about scent than it is about a pollen allergy.)

Choose allergy-friendly favors.
Skip the urge to give your guests chocolate and other food-based favors to take home. Instead, consider a small engraved item or something that won’t trap or conceal allergens.

If you have any questions about managing your allergies on your wedding day, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at

Want to see our wedding planning tips packaged in an infographic? Click here or on the image below to view our infographic on wedding allergies.


Hudson Allergy – Feature a Patient’s Business: Tolu Odunfa Dragone – Oddragone LLC

What is your name?
Tolu Odunfa Dragone.

What is the name of your business, and your website URL?
Oddragone LLC,

When was your business founded and how long have you been working there?
The business was established in 2015 when I was on maternity leave with my son and we have been working on design projects since then.

Please describe your business: What is your elevator pitch? Who is your ideal customer?
Oddragone is primarily an Interior Design Studio focused on Luxury Residential and Commercial projects of any size. We are happy to work on projects as small as a room in your home to a large hotel. I have worked the last 5 years in Luxury residential and Hotel design and have designed everything from a model apartment to a lounge on a cruise ship! Our ideal customer will trust us to design a space that is authentic, beautiful and functional.

Please describe your role in your business: What does your day-to-day look like?
I am the head designer at Oddragone, so I engage with clients; come up with the style direction/concept of the project; help prepare initial budgets; develop the concept into layouts, materials and furniture; liaise with architects and contractors; in some cases, purchase furniture and accessories; oversee the construction of the project; and style the completed space for move-in.

How has having your child seeing an allergist (visiting Hudson Allergy) helped you be more productive in your profession?
It has given me peace of mind so I can focus on my work. When we discovered that my son had a peanut allergy, I didn’t know how I would be able to protect him from a severe reaction – I was worried and I was clueless. The doctor was able to diagnose his allergen and provide a course of action/treatment in the case of accidental exposure/ ingestion. She also emphasized the importance of avoiding the allergen as much as possible and gave us useful information that would help us do so. Finally, she encouraged us to participate in any groundbreaking treatments that were offered at a local hospital towards helping eliminate or alleviate the allergic reactions.

What advice do you want to give to anyone reading this?
If you think you or a family member has allergies, see an allergist! You may not be sure – maybe you just have a feeling because of a weird redness on the skin or tummy troubles. Knowledge is power, so why not empower yourself and ultimately keep yourself and your children healthy.

What is your favorite thing about NYC?
New York is so full of possibility – that’s why there is so much of everything. I love the global feel and the access to so much amazing design, fashion, food and entertainment.

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They’re Just Like Us – Six Celebrities with Allergies

Allergies affect as many as 30% of adults in the United States, with triggers ranging from food, dust, pet dander, pollen, and more. Allergy symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, wheezing, or even life-threatening anaphylaxis. These symptoms can sometimes feel debilitating, but living with allergies doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish the things you want. Many celebrities successfully live with allergies. For example, did you know that despite having her own line of fragrances, Beyoncé is allergic to perfume?

Queen Bey isn’t the only celebrity to be successful while managing allergies. Here are a few more celebs that deal with allergies:

Serena Williams is allergic to peanuts. If you have a peanut allergy like Serena, the two of you aren’t alone – it is one of the most common food allergies, and its prevalence seems to be growing in children. The number of children in the United States with a peanut allergy tripled between the years 1997 and 2008, according to a study funded by FARE. The symptoms of a peanut allergic reaction include nausea, an itching or tingling sensation around the mouth, hives, or even anaphylaxis. Managing a peanut allergy requires the avoidance of peanuts, carrying an epinephrine injector, and learning to read ingredient labels.

Halle Berry is reportedly allergic to shrimp. Shellfish is among one of the most common food allergies, and can also be one of the most dangerous. An anaphylactic reaction to shellfish requires medical attention, including an epinephrine injection and a visit to the emergency room. If you have a shellfish allergy, you will need to be cautious to avoid foods that may trigger a reaction and carry an epinephrine injector with you at all times.

Zooey Deschanel has been relatively open about her food allergies and sensitivities. She told Time Out Chicago that she has sensitivities to dairy, wheat, soy, and eggs. As with other allergies, people with a dairy allergy experience symptoms because the body’s immune system reacts to harmless substances (ex. milk) as though they were dangerous to the body. If you experience digestive issues after eating certain foods, keep a food journal to track what you’re eating and your symptoms. Bring this journal with you when you make an appointment with your allergist.

Miley Cyrus had to delay her 2014 tour after an allergic reaction to an antibiotic used to treat a sinus infection. While an allergic reaction to an antibiotic is rare, it can be severe. Symptoms can include asthma, hives, eczema, and anaphylaxis in serious cases. If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a drug allergy, stop taking the medication and seek medical attention.

Kelly Clarkson tweeted about her skin prick allergy test results in 2013. She joked that she should “live in a bubble” due to the amount of allergies she was diagnosed with, including pollen and pet dander. If you’ve been diagnosed with pet allergies like Kelly, it’s not time to shave the family pet – you’re not allergic to your pet’s fur. Instead, you are allergic to proteins found in an animal’s saliva, skin cells, and urine. Symptoms of a pet allergy include red or itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, and coughing. Medication can help your symptoms, but the best course of action is avoidance. If you have a family pet, you’ll need to clean and vacuum on a regular basis and keep your pets out of the bedroom.

Britney Spears is reportedly allergic to bee stings and will break out into hives if stung. Bee stings can cause different reactions that range from the hives Britney experiences all the way to anaphylaxis. It is important to remember that having one type of reaction does not mean that is what you will experience every time. A severe allergic reaction to a bee sting can include symptoms such as skin reactions, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue or throat, and nausea, among others. People that have a severe reaction to a bee sting puts them at an increased risk of an anaphylactic reaction in the future. If you are allergic to insect stings, it’s important to stay vigilant when spending time outdoors and carry an epinephrine injector if necessary.

Do you think you might share an allergy with a celebrity? We are here to help!

If you have any questions about diagnosing or managing your allergies, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at

Curious about other celebrities that have allergies? Click here or on the image below to view our infographic on celebrity allergies.


Hudson Allergy – Feature a Patient’s Business: Daniel Ochoa – Senior Financial Consultant

What is your name and what is your job title?
Daniel Ochoa, Senior Financial Consultant.

What is the name of your business, and your website URL?

TD Ameritrade,

When was your business founded and how long have you been working there?
Founded in 1975 (as First Omaha Securities, Inc.), I began working for the company in 2013.

Please describe your business: What is your elevator pitch? Who is your ideal customer?
As a Senior Financial Consultant, I work with goal-oriented investors to make sure that their wealth is positioned appropriately in order to reach their financial goals.

Please describe your role in your business: What does your day-to-day look like?

My role entails analyzing a client’s portfolio. This usually involves a discussion around downside protection, income planning for retirement, and estate / legacy planning issues as well.

How has seeing an allergist (visiting Hudson Allergy) helped you be more productive in your profession?
I’m not a native New Yorker. Even though many of the same allergens that I’m sensitive to exist elsewhere, getting hit with all new strains and everything that we as New Yorkers have to deal with nearly took me out of rotation and really hurt my business. Working with Hudson Allergy allowed me to recover my strength and clarity of focus to be able to give my clients my full attention.

What advice do you want to give to anyone reading this?
Don’t wait to start planning for your future. The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is today.

What is your favorite thing about NYC?
The eclectic human experience. You simply never know who you are going to meet, and we really are only a few degrees away from each other.


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Hudson Allergy – Feature a Patient’s Business: Nicole Hamilton – Homeownering


What is your name and what is your job title?
Nicole Hamilton, Founder & CEO.

What is the name of your business, and your website URL?

When was your business founded and how long have you been working there?
Homeownering was founded in 2016. I’ve been working there since its founding.

Please describe your business: What is your elevator pitch? Who is your ideal customer?
Homeownering provides independent and unbiased homeownership advice and resources for female homeowners.

As homeowners, our home is often our largest asset. Homeownering gives you tools and tips to not get taken for a ride, save money, and make your home the safe and sound investment that it should be.

Why for women? Women actually represent the largest group of home buyers, outpacing men (NAR, 2016). Even so, they often get worse mortgage terms (Urban Institute, 2016) even though they are better at paying their mortgage on time. Women sometimes they are taken advantage of in other areas, like household repairs. Meanwhile, women make the majority of financial decisions for a household (Regions Bank, 2016).

Homeownering gives female homeowners better home financing tools than the professionals who serve them have, and puts them on a level playing field when it comes to making decisions about their household expenses.

Please describe your role in your business: What does your day-to-day look like?
I am in charge of managing the overall content schedule which includes identifying experts who can help provide the information that our subscribers most want to know, related to how to add value to your home and cut unnecessary expenses. I also oversee our subscriber feedback and product improvement around our independent and unbiased information products on how to navigate home financing and refinancing. Finally, I participate in videos related to homeownership issues, things like gardening, composting, negotiating insurance costs, maintenance issues, and more!

How has seeing an allergist (visiting Hudson Allergy) helped you be more productive in your profession?
We do a lot of our work outdoors and I’m terribly allergic to Sycamore trees that line our street, so seeing Hudson Allergy has helped me learn more about how to prevent discomfort.

What advice do you want to give to anyone reading this?
80% of homeowners have 66% of their net worth in their homes. Being in better control of your home financing, more knowledgeable about how much equity you have in your home, and gaining insight into your extraneous costs can have a profound effect on your overall net worth now and into the future.

What is your favorite thing about NYC?
The people, most definitely.


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Twitter: @Homeownering
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