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Meet Picnic Medical Director and Allergy Expert Dr. Amina Abdeldaim

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When we were looking for an allergy expert to lead Picnic, we knew we needed someone who didn’t just care about treating allergies, but about treating allergy sufferers. That’s why we couldn’t be happier to have Dr. Amina Abdeldaim on our team.

She’s a board-certified allergist, an assistant professor at NYU Langone Health, and an expert on caring for allergy sufferers. More importantly, she knows firsthand how allergies can keep people from fully enjoying their lives. Here’s a bit more about her in her own words.

1. What can you tell us about your education and background?

I’m originally from Queens, New York. From an early age, I knew I was going to be a doctor and went to college at Johns Hopkins with that plan. I spent a year at the National Institutes of Health after college, which was incredibly formative for me, even though I didn’t pursue a research career. I did both medical school and residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center in NYC. I had a particular interest in asthma and ended up at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for Allergy/Immunology training.

2. What inspired you to get into treating allergy?

I actually went into residency thinking I would be a cardiologist! But I quickly learned that to endure the long hours and emotional toll of caring for others, I would have to pick a path that had personal resonance.

When I was in grade school, my father died of food anaphylaxis. During residency, I realized that I was destined to become an allergist because I would never lose my motivation.

3. What do you like best about helping people treat their allergies?

Improving quality of life for my patients is everything! I’ve given a lot of high fives to patients who tell me my help in managing their allergies has changed their lives. They can sleep, they can smell, and they can be productive. I always say that suffering from allergies isn’t trivial and shouldn’t have to just be endured.

4. What’s your favorite allergy fact?

Peanuts are more closely related to peas than nuts. They are actually legumes, which means that people who are allergic to peanuts should be cautious around legumes like beans and chickpeas as well.

5. What's the most common question you hear about allergies?

“Do antihistamines really work?” The answer is yes as long as you use them properly.

6. What advice would you give someone who's tired of struggling with allergies?

Before you give up, make sure that you are taking antihistamines and using nasal sprays correctly and diligently. If you think you’re doing everything right and are getting nowhere, still don’t give up! You can get expert help through Picnic.

ARTICLE REVIEWED BY
Amina H. Abdeldaim, MD MPH
Picnic Medical Director
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