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Hudson Allergy’s Dr. Julie Kuriakose to Speak at Prestigious Food Allergy Conference in New York City

Hudson Allergy is proud to announce that Dr. Kuriakose will be speaking at an upcoming food allergy conference in New York City.

Julie Kuriakose, MD; Physician, Educator, Author and Co-Founder of Hudson Allergy, will discuss how restaurants can become more allergy-friendly and accommodate diners with food allergies and other special dietary restrictions at the 2014 Allergy Eats Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs & Food Service Professionals, October 21 in New York City.

“I’m extremely delighted to be speaking on this incredibly important topic to such an engaged industry audience. As food allergies become more prevalent, it is critical for restaurant owners and operators to be aware of the measures that need to be taken to ensure customer safety,” said Dr. Kuriakose, who is dual board certified in Allergy and Immunology and Internal Medicine. “Some states have already passed food allergy awareness laws and other states may soon be following suit. It’s advantageous for restaurants to get a head start and educate themselves about food allergies.”

Dr. Kuriakose is an invited panelist for the conference’s “Basic Training” presentation designed to educate restaurants on improving safety and minimizing risks, implementing and executing food allergy protocols, and becoming more confident in their food allergy procedures.

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs & Food Service Professionals is presented by AllergyEats, the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide, and is the only industry conference of its kind. Attendees will learn the processes behind becoming an allergy-friendly establishment and the tremendous benefits it can have for their business.

Dr. Kuriakose and her partner and co founder of Hudson Allergy, Dr. Timothy Mainardi, both have notable expertise in food allergy education for restaurants, as Hudson Allergy offers a Food Allergy Safety Course that educates all restaurant staff and foodservice employees on how to safely prepare and serve food to diners with food allergies. The Hudson Allergy Food Allergy Safety Course Curriculum includes an overview of food allergies, risk management, and front and back of house preparation procedures.

The overall goal of the Hudson Allergy course is to help restaurants understand the seriousness of food allergies and minimize risk by having protocols in place for food allergic customers, as well as outline an action plan in case of emergency.

“Hudson Allergy strives to promote allergy awareness among restaurants and of food allergies in general. Through staff training and education restaurateurs can safely and successfully serve diners with food allergies as well as provide a world-class dining experience,” said Dr. Kuriakose.

In addition to food allergies, Hudson Allergy treats a wide range of allergy and immunology diseases and is highly specialized in dealing with complex allergies. The doctors at Hudson Allergy pride themselves on providing patients with expert medical care in a comfortable and inviting environment. Their flagship office is located in Tribeca and their second office will be opening soon on 5th Avenue in Flatiron.

Food Challenges

Patients may be asked to undergo a food challenge if blood tests and skin prick tests don’t yield a definitive diagnosis, or if the history of allergy is highly questionable. Oral Food Challenges (OFC) are the gold standard for ruling out a food allergy. Food challenges have the potential to cause a serious reaction in patients, which is why it’s critical that these tests are only performed by experienced medical staff at a medical facility. There are comprehensive guidelines that the medical community has created for food allergy testing.

In a food challenge, an allergist will provide the patient food in controlled doses, beginning with small amounts. The patient is observed after each dose for any signs of an allergic reaction. If no symptoms are present, the patient will receive increasingly larger doses of the food with subsequent monitoring. If a patient shows signs of an allergic reaction, the food challenge stops and the patient will be given medication to relieve symptoms. If there are no symptoms during the food challenge, that particular food is ruled out as an allergy. If your allergist confirms a true food allergy, they will prescribe any necessary medications and discuss food safety and food avoidance techniques.

What’s the Difference Between an Allergist and an ENT?

Are allergists just for allergy season? The answer is no!

When the traditional allergy season winds down and people begin to experience symptoms affecting their noses and throats, they may debate whether to book an appointment with an allergist or an ENT. How do you know which doctor to visit? And what exactly is the difference between an allergist and an ENT?

An allergist is a physician who specializes in the medical management of nasal inflammation, asthma, and food reactions.

ENT doctors specialize in structural problems that can be corrected with surgery, such as cartilage or bone defects. In general, an ENT is considered a surgical specialist because their medical training begins with general surgery and then they continue on to training in head and neck medicine.

An otolaryngologist (or “Ear Nose and Throat doctor”) treats conditions that affect the ear, nose, throat, head, and neck, that may or may not be allergy related. These issues include speaking, hearing, swallowing, balance, nasal passages, and sinuses. A patient with nasal breathing difficulties, a sore throat, or trouble hearing would visit an ENT.

Board certified allergists receive years of training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic conditions in addition to their internal medicine and/or pediatric accreditation.

Allergies may affect many parts of the body and organ systems, including the skin, lungs, gastrointestinal system, eyes, ears, and sinuses. Allergists receive substantial training in treating all of a patient’s allergic symptoms regardless of what parts of the body are impacted. Allergists can carefully, knowledgeably, and holistically guide patients through allergy treatment.

Seasonal allergies cause approximately 20% of allergic rhinitis cases and 40% are chronic rhinitis, according to an In-Depth Report from The New York Times. The remaining cases are mixed.

Allergic rhinitis is caused by both indoor and outdoor allergens. Outdoor allergens usually cause seasonal allergic rhinitis while indoor allergens can cause year-round allergic rhinitis. If rhinitis lasts for a longer period of time, it is called chronic rhinitis. Chronic rhinitis is often caused by allergies, but can also be related to infections or structural problems.

Nasal allergies and inflammation are a chief cause for many sinus difficulties and their associated symptoms, it is beneficial to make an appointment with an allergist first. If your allergist detects sinus structural issues along with allergy symptoms, they will refer you to an ENT for further treatment.

If you’re interested in being tested for 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.