DRS Medical Associates
Primary Care Physicians located in Jersey City, NJ
Allergies are an extreme reaction of your immune system that can make you sneeze, itch, and swell. Any number of things can trigger an allergy. Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma can help your whole family by diagnosing, treating and managing their allergies at, DRS Medical Associates in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Allergies Q & A
Why do I have allergies?
When your immune system overreacts to something that doesn’t bother other people, you have an allergy. This could be pollen, mold, pet dander, insects, medicines, or certain foods. Allergies are often genetic, but the exact reason some people’s immune systems react when others don’t is not clearly understood.
The symptoms you experience, such as sneezing, rashes, or a runny nose, result from inflammation in your immune system. Severe allergic reactions can prompt asthma symptoms or a life-threatening anaphylaxis.
How common are allergies?
Allergies are one of the most common medical conditions diagnosed in the United States. Some of the most common allergies are:
- Nasal allergies: Approximately 20% of people experience nasal allergies.
- Asthma triggered allergies: 8%-10% have asthma triggered by allergies.
- Food allergies: 3%-6% of children affected and 1%-2% of adults.
Who is likely to suffer from allergies?
Anyone can develop an allergy at any age. Food allergies often affect young children, but they may be outgrown. Allergies to compounds in the environment can come on at any time.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
You or your child may experience allergic reactions in the eyes, lungs, nose, skin, or gastrointestinal tract.
Hayfever is the most common allergic condition, with symptoms including, sneezing, an itchy nose, scratchy throat, and post-nasal drip.
Conjunctivitis is an allergy of the eyes, that manifests as redness, tearing, and itching.
This affects the skin and you experience a rash or dry and itchy skin.
Gastrointestinal allergies can also appear as a rash or stomach discomfort.
In extreme allergic reactions that cause anaphylaxis, you’ll probably experience swelling of your tongue and throat, hives, possible nausea and vomiting, and nasal congestion. You may also pass out due to shock or low blood pressure.
How do the doctors at DRS Medical Associates treat allergies?
Identifying your triggers so you can avoid an allergic reaction is important.
If avoidance is impossible, such as with environmental pollen, medications can help.
If allergies bring on symptoms of asthma, you may benefit from an inhaler.
When allergies have to possibility of a life-threatening reaction, Dr. Sharma and Dr. Santos may direct you to carry an epinephrine injection (Epipen) at all times.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."