More than half of Americans suffer from allergies-over 50 million. They are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease, and cost the health care system $18 billion annually. Symptoms can be mild or severe, and range from sneezing, rashes, and hives to asthma and life-threatening anaphylaxis. The most common allergies are to pet dander, mold, pollen, insect bites, medications and foods, such as peanuts and wheat.
I treat my allergy patients in a way that is different—and more successful—than the standard allergy care. Though there is no cure, new technology exists for treating the symptoms of allergies.
Mild allergy symptoms may include:
- Itchy, watery eyes
Moderate allergy symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
Severe allergic reactions may include:
- Swelling of the throat making breathing extremely difficult (Anaphylaxis)
- Acute and chronic sinusitus
- Abdominal pain and / or cramps
- Dizziness or confusion
No more shots!
Most people rely on medications to relieve their allergy symptoms rather than treating the source. Those who sign up for traditional injection immunotherapy to try to build up tolerance to allergens have to endure weekly shots at the doctor’s office. No wonder compliance is so low. One study found that only 1 percent of patients who signed up for allergy shots actually lasted more than three treatments.
I use allergy drops, (sublingual immunotherapy), a kinder, gentler, safer and more convenient form of immunotherapy. It can be used to treat most of the common allergies including hay fever, year round “indoor” allergies from dust or pet dander, skin allergies to soaps or latex, and insect allergies.
We test you in our NYC or LI office with one simple blood test to determine the cause of your allergy, and formulate the right prescription for your drops. We have seen successful results for our patients within weeks. Learn more about allergy drops.
What Doctors say about Dr. Mitchell
“I was so impressed with Dr. Mitchell’s expertise that I referred my daughter to his care, and saw him as a patient myself. Both of us improved dramatically with sublingual immunotherapy.
I frequently referred patients to allergist Dr. Dean Mitchell during the eleven years I practiced internal medicine in Manhattan from 1997-2008. During that time, I was greatly impressed by Dr. Mitchell’s successful use of sublingual immunotherapy in my patients. I think that Dr. Mitchell was, at the time, one of very few allergists in this country who used this treatment.
Many improved dramatically with this treatment, reducing their need for medications, and none reported any side effects from it. My patients were very receptive to this treatment, and were far more compliant with it than patients usually are with allergy shots.
Dr. Mitchell is a superb physician, who provided patients in my practice with thoughtful, expert consultation. I highly recommend Dr. Mitchell as an excellent allergist, and as an expert in the use of allergy drops.
Michael Gnatt, MD
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians