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Allergy Testing

Our allergy staff provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for airborne and food allergies, under the direction of Dr. William Reisacher, a board-certified and fellowship-trained general otolaryngologist and otolaryngic allergist, and Melissa Mathurin, our Allergy LPN. We offer minimally-invasive, needle-free allergy screening for adults and children. A full range of advanced skin testing services are available along with blood testing when skin testing is not possible or appropriate. 

For the treatment of airborne and food allergies, we offer professional counseling for environmental control strategies along with medications and dietary modifications when necessary. We offer traditional allergy injections administered in the office. As an alternative to injections we also offer Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) in which drops are placed under the tongue on a daily basis from the comfort of your home, as well as Oral Mucosal Immunotherapy (OMIT) in which a specialized toothpaste is used.

To make an appointment, at our 1305 York Avenue location, please call (646) 962-2093.

We also provide outpatient allergy services at 156 William Street, under the direction of Dr. Joshua Levinger and Melisa Mathurin, LPN. At this location, we also offer minimally-invasive, needle-free skin testing, as well as blood testing for airborne and food allergies. Every patient will get a personalized allergy plan, which may include counseling on avoidance, medications, or immunotherapy. Patients who would benefit from immunotherapy may choose from the traditional allergy injections, or SLIT/OMIT, which are self-administered at home. To schedule an appointment for a screening and consultation at 156 William Street, please call 646-962-4451. Most insurance plans are accepted.

PDF icon Allergy Immunotherapy

PDF icon Allergy Treatment

PDF icon Allergy Avoidance Strategies

About Allergy Screening

Allergy screening can generally be completed within 15 minutes. It is important to refrain from using medications containing antihistamines one week prior to testing if possible. These include over-the-counter cold remedies, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Astepro, Clarinex, Xyzal and allergy eye drops. If this is not possible or gives you an uncomfortable return of symptoms, blood testing can be performed as an alternative, providing the same information as skin testing. Nasal steroid sprays and montelukast do not have to be stopped prior to testing, and necessary medications for asthma should not be stopped. In general, airborne and food allergies are tested on separate days.

Helpful Links and Resources

View Dr. Reisacher's helpful information sheets linked below.

Patient Information Form

Airborne Avoidance in English or en Español

Food Allergy Information Sheet in English or en Español

Immunotherapy Information Sheet

Allergy Avoidance Strategies

For more information on Otolaryngic Allergy, please visit the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy website at www.aaoaf.org

Locations

Upper East Side
1305 York Ave., Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10021
Lower Manhattan
156 William St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Providers

Joshua Levinger
Joshua I. Levinger, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology
William Reisacher
William R. Reisacher, M.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
(646) 962-3681

Weill Cornell Medicine Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Allergy Testing
1305 York Ave., Fifth Floor New York, NY 10022