Allergies Specialist

Park Medical Center

Rafath Humera, MD

Internist located in Clifton, NJ

Allergies can throw a wrench in the course of a normal day and can make it hard to relax and enjoy life. At Park Medical Center in Clifton, New Jersey, Rafath Humera, MD, has the training and experience needed to diagnose and manage allergies. Don’t live with the symptoms of allergic reactions when safe and effective treatment is available. Call to book your one-on-one visit today and look forward to freedom from allergies. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call to set up your visit.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are a type of chronic disease that can have a significant negative impact on your daily life. There are many different types of allergies, but fortunately, there are also many treatment paths that can deliver relief.

To understand allergies, it helps to think about how your immune system functions. When you come into contact with a harmful virus, bacteria, or other substance, your immune system launches a reaction to fight off infection. That system is incredibly effective.

The problem arises when your body reacts to a substance that isn’t actually harmful. If you develop antibodies to common substances like food or things in your environment, you can find yourself suffering through needless allergic reactions.

What are some common allergens?

No two people share the exact same experience with allergies. Your body may react strongly to some substances but remain unaffected by other common allergens. Some of the substances that can trigger an allergic reaction include:

  • Certain foods, like peanuts, soy, wheat, eggs, shellfish, or milk
  • Insect stings
  • Latex
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Certain medications

You might be affected by just one allergen or you may have trouble with multiple substances.

What are the treatment options for allergies?

One of the best ways to manage allergies is to learn which substances cause a reaction and to then make a concerted effort to avoid exposure. That is more challenging than it sounds and requires you to educate yourself on ingredients and environments in which allergens may be present.

Medications can help manage allergies. There are drugs that alter how your immune system responds and some that ease symptoms. Medication can come in the form of pills, nasal sprays, eye drops, or liquids.

Immunotherapy is another treatment option and works by exposing your body to a controlled volume of allergen to alter the way your body responds.

Finding the right treatment path may take a degree of trial and error. Dr. Humera is here to work in partnership with you to determine the extent of your allergies and find a treatment path that provides relief. Schedule an appointment today online or by phone to get started.