Ellen Sher M.D. Dr. Ellen Sher
is board certified in Allergy and Immunology, and a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for both her undergraduate and medical degrees.
What influenced you to become an Allergist? I wanted to go into a field where I could treat medical problems and really feel like I could make a difference and change the quality of life of my patients. An allergist treats both life threatening problems (such as food allergies and asthma) and many non-life threatening problems, but we generally make our patients better and that feels good. Since Allergies run in families, I am also able to treat multiple generations and truly get to know my patients and their families. I have personally suffered from allergies dating to my childhood.
When do Allergies occur? It is most common to get allergies in childhood and the incidence peaks between the ages of 18-21. However, the onset can occur at any age. There are seasonal and perennial allergies. Many suffer in the spring with tree and grass pollen or late summer to the first frost with weed pollens, especially ragweed. Others suffer year round from allergens such as dust mites or pets.
Are there any skin problems caused by Allergies? There are many different allergic skin rashes. Patients with allergies are particularly prone to atopic dermatitis which many people refer to loosely as "Eczema
". This type of eczema is often referred to as the itch that rashes. These patients are so itchy that they constantly scratch and ultimately develop thickening and scarring of the skin. My patients also classically present with Allergic Shiners
which is a bluish discoloration under the eyes caused by nasal congestion and blood pooling under the eye area. Rashes can also occur from drug and food allergies
. Even Red noses
are also common from rubbing, sniffling and sneezing.
Can corrective allergy-tested cosmetics like Smart Cover help the patient cope? This is where Smart Cover
is beneficial to help my patients cover their skin irritations and scarring that can occur from prolonged scratching. It also works well to cover the allergic shiners under the eyes and redness on the nose from all the sniffling and rubbing.
Dr. Sher's practice Allergy Partners of NJ
is based in Monmouth County New Jersey. Smart Cover's waterproof Concealing Cremes have been allergy tested and are fragrance free.