Montefiore Insider - Issue 5 - June 2017

Relief! Help is Here for Allergy and Sinus Sufferers

Montefiore offers one-stop care for adult patients suffering from persistent nasal and sinus issues. Montefiore’s Comprehensive Allergy and Sinus Clinic, launched in February 2016, is a collaborative effort between the Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy & Immunology and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

The Clinic is overseen by Nadeem Akbar, MD, Otorhinolaryngology; Denisa Ferastraoaru, MD, Allergy and Immunology; Waleed Abuzeid, MD, Otorhinolaryngology; and Elina Jerschow, MD, MSc, Allergy and Immunology. Twice a month, allergists and rhinologists evaluate new patients presenting with symptoms of severe sinusitis, a persistent inflammatory condition of one or more sinuses. Test results then help determine a personalized course of treatment, developed and implemented by the allergist and ENT specialist.

Patients with severe environmental allergies might benefit from allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots), or new medications such as monoclonal antibodies (an antibody produced by a single clone of cells).

The Allergy and Sinus Clinic is also one of only a few centers of its kind in the country offering desensitization to aspirin for treatment of Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), a combination of asthma, nasal polyposis, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug allergy. The Clinic’s team is actively engaged in research to develop new therapies to treat aspirin sensitivity beyond desensitization.

In addition, the Clinic offers evaluation and treatment of patients with local allergic rhinitis, a recently described disease in which patients have negative allergy skin testing but manifest allergies inside their nasal passages.

The Allergy and Sinus Clinic is located on the Hutchinson Campus at 1250 Waters Place in Tower 2 on the 10th floor. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Irene Massallo at 929-263-3165.