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Dr. David Menchell

Allergy and Immunology
Fresh Meadows, NY
45 years experience male

Locations

David Menchell, M.D. Allergy and Asthma Care

Fresh Meadows, NY

Address

73-03 198 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY, US
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My office hours

Friday: Closed
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Fax

7184654224

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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About

Bio

<P>I treat a wide range of allergic disorders including asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis ("eczema"), contact dermatitis, food allergy, drug allergy, hives, and chronic sinusitis. My patients range from infants to geriatric. I believe in taking time to listen to my patients, since getting a good history, including information regarding home and work environments, activities and family background, is critical in determining the cause of their problems. </P>

Specialties
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Allergy and Immunology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

47 Answers
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Persisting SInus Sxs: Most cold/flu episodes are treated symptomatically with decongestants, cough meds, tylenol, (acetaminophen) etc. Since they are usually caused by viru... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Nocturnal Asthma: There is a natural tendency for airway swelling and constriction to increase at night, due to the normal nighttime fall in hormones that suppress infl... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
AM Rhinitis: Morning nasal symptoms, such as sneezing and runny nose, can be due to nonallergic triggers, including temperature change, but are often an indication... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Insect bite reaction: Insect bites, like those from mosquitos, can cause a delayed reaction taking hours to days to develop. This has to do with the time that it takes inf... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Shellfish allergy: It is common to cross-react to foods in the same family. Lobster, shrimp, crab and crawfish are all members of the crustacean family, so if you are a... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Possible hives: Without seeing the rash, it sounds like you are having a hive reaction while showering. This could be a form of physical urticaria, where a physical ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Persisting cough: Even after the acute phase of an upper respiratory infection when you are no longer contagious, the membranes and glands lining the nose and windpipe ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Cold vs. Hay fever: Colds often occur during the late fall/winter, lasting several days; seasonal allergies occur during the spring and late summer/early fall pollen seas... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Immunotherapy-Time?: With immunotherapy ("allergy shots"), small amounts of allergy extracts, like pollens, house dust, and pet danders are injected usually once or twice ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Immunotherapy costs: It is difficult to give an exact answer, since the costs of immunotherapy can vary depending on the number and type of allergens the person is being t... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline) overuse: Topical decongestants, like afrin, reduce nasal congestion by constricting blood vessels in the nasal membranes and reducing blood flow. While they h... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Anaphylaxis risk: There are no studies giving accurate data on anaphylaxis risk in children. The problem is that there are multiple causes of anaphylaxis (foods, drugs... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Risk of nut allergy: You can develop a nut allergy at any time in your life. Having a family history of allergy, or a personal history of other allergic disorders, such as... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Steroid nasal sprays: While steroid nasal sprays may have some activity on reducing nasal inflammation as soon as 12 hours after a single dose, they don't achieve their max... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Pruritus: It is not clear as to the nature of your sister's problem. Her doctor probably gave her topical Clotrimazole thinking she may have had a fungal infec... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Getting a cold: "colds" are usually caused by viruses, typically spread by inhaling droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Wh... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Nasal rash: I am guessing that you are referring to nasal allergies when you mentioned recent onset of allergy symptoms. In that case, sneezing and runny nose ma... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Oral dust therapy: There is an oral pill in development for desensitization to dust mite. I would guess that it will be available within the next 2-3 years.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Itching and a cold: It is not unusual to see itching and rashes, such as hives, in association with viral infections. This is thought to be due to the transient developm... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Cephalosporin rx: Older studies suggested that there was a 5-7% risk of having a reaction to a cephalosporin if you had a history of penicillin allergy. However, there... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
IT effectiveness: There have been many studies showing the effectiveness of immunotherapy, measuring a reduction in symptoms and medication requirements. A number of s... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Rhinitis and weather: Hay fever refers to the late summer/fall pollen season caused by several weeds, ragweed being the most important. However, the summer and fall is als... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Idiosyncratic Rx: An idiosyncratic allergic reaction is an unexpected adverse reaction, typically due to a drug or food, not involving the immune system in the same way... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Rocephin (ceftriaxone) allergy: Rocephin (ceftriaxone) belongs to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics. Cephalosporins are chemically related to penicillin and have been shown to ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Sneezing and rain: While some people associate rain-related symptoms with mold, the more likely triggers are probably non-specific factors having little to do with aller... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Developing allergies: Developing an atopic disorder like pollen allergy would suggest that you had a genetic predisposition for becoming allergic, but the allergic genes ar... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Foods/Immunity: I am not certain what you mean by "a low immune system". If you have a medical condition, like malabsorption, immunodeficiency or cancer treated with... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Post-viral cough: It is not unusual to have a persistent cough following a viral upper respiratory infection. This can due to inflammation of the windpipe (tracheitis)... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Banana Allergy: The spectrum of symptoms associated with food allergies can vary, but may range from oral itching and lip, tongue or throat swelling to abdominal cram... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Allergy evaluation: The need to be evaluated by an allergy specialist depends on the nature, duration and severity of the problem. For mild symptoms, say hay fever lasti... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Oh my aching nose!: For temporary relief of nasal soreness, you can apply ointments such as vaseline or otc nasal gels to the inner nostrils to relieve the irritation, cr... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Meds/allergy testing: It depends on what type of tests. Allergy blood tests (rast, mast) are not affected and do not require stopping meds. If you are having skin testing,... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Visine allergy: There are several visine preparations containing different drugs, but most contain a topical decongestant (tetrahydrozoline) and preservative (benzalk... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Gelatin allergy: Gelatin, animal-derived protein containing high levels of collagen, is sometimes used as a dietary supplement for joint and arthritic conditions. Tak... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Anaphylaxis symptoms: Anaphylaxis is a term used to describe an acute, severe allergic reaction, typically affecting several organ systems. Areas affected can include the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Urticaria treatment: Urticaria, or hives, is often an acute reaction from a variety of triggers, including insect bites, food reactions, viral infections, animals, dust an... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Hay fever reactions?: While it is possible to see a variety of symptoms with seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, eye redness, swelling and wheezing, a t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Mixing medications: Since neozep contains chlorpheniramine, it does not make sense to take it with loratidine since both medications are antihistamines. Loratidine is pr... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Allergy to mushroom: While cooking a food may change and reduce its ability to trigger an allergic reaction, this can vary; someone with an extreme sensitivity to mushroom... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
AM Nasal Symptoms: Several conditions will typically cause am symptoms such as yours, the most common being indoor allergies. Allergy to dust mites is usually worse ove... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Asthma/breastfeeding: Most asthma medications are considered safe in pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators do not reach significant levels... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Poison Oak risks: Poison oak contains a chemical found in the leaves, stems and roots, whch binds to the skin after touching the plant, triggering a contact dermatitis ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Allergic rash: Given the limited information (where is the rash, what triggers it, is it itchy, does it go away within a short period of time, etc.), i would suggest... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Allergy symptoms: Seasonal allergies may typically affect the eyes and respiratory mucosa (nasal passages and bronchial tubes). Rarely it may be associated with other ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Sulfa vs Sulfate : "sulfa allergy" is a term used to describe adverse drug reactions to the antibiotic group sulfonamide, which include septra and bactrim (sulfamethoxaz... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
SInus and Asthma: It is not unusual to have nasal/sinus problems combined with asthma; the cellular changes affecting the nasal passages and bronchial tubes are similar... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Ear Pain and Levitra (vardenafil): Levitra (vardenafil) can cause nasal congestion. This in turn could contribute to eustachian tube blockage and ear pain. A study of over 7000 patien... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Menchell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Menchell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I've about tried everything and nothing is clearing it, ugh.
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I'm one of the rare causes. Mine was caused by pollen and animal dande
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

NEW YORK HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER OF QUEENS

Affiliations

Assistant Director of Allergy/Immunology, New York Hospital Queens,
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