Sunday, April 18, 2010

Did you know?

Have you found out what you're allergic too?

Did you know that more than 75% of people with seasonal allergies actually have mild symptoms all year round that they tolerate.

Just because symptoms are mild, you should know what is causing your allergy. All the more reason to see an allergist and get tested!

Can you guess what might be causing your problem? Here's what's blooming/present when throughout the year.

• Tree, grass and ragweed pollens thrive on cool nights and warm days.
• Molds like heat and humidity.
• Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
• Rain washes pollen away, but their counts can soar after a rain.

• On a day with no wind, airborne allergens are grounded.

• When the day is windy and warm, pollen counts surge.

Moving to another climate to avoid allergies is usually not successful – allergens are virtually everywhere.

Let me know if I can help!

Jennifer Collins,MD

380 2nd Avenue, NY NY 10010

646- 438-7893


  1. What is the best way to approach your doctor on running a complete and full allergy test panel, without making it sound like you are telling him/her how to do their job but that you know your body and what you are experiencing, and suffering while you're one test to another incrementally is more torturing than helping when it yields no results? I ask this because I am suffering reindeer dermatological and allergenic issues of an unknown etiology at this point. The initial T.R.U.E. patch test only showed a 1+ for carba mix and it is unlikely this is at the cause of the ongoing issues. There are also a few other health issues that complicate diagnosis and treatment. So I jut don't want to sound like I know his job better than he but I do know my body and symptoms better and why would need it at once. How do I convey that?

    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Thanks for your comment. Sounds like you are very frustrated and symptomatic.
      Patient-doctor communication can be difficult especially when you are so severely symptomatic. Deal directly with your symptoms with your physician and convey that you are not better. Pay attention to any triggers of your symptoms. Sometimes writing down your symptoms is helpful to make sure you don't leave anything out. A journal is also a helpful tool.

      TRUE patch test is a good screening for contact dermatitis, but by no means complete. You may need to seek out another physician who has a broader panel. Doctors just like patients aren't perfect, and sometimes it's helpful to get a second opinion. The Academy of Allergy and Immunology has a website where you can find local allergists http://aaaai.execinc.com/find-an-allergist/.

      I am available for consults if you are in the NYC area. Good luck & I hope you find the cause of your dermatological issues.