What are allergies?
An allergy happens when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. Allergens – the substances that trigger allergic reactions – exist in a variety of sources, such as dust, pollen, mold, animal dander, grass, bee stings or medication. The substances are harmless to most people, but the symptoms can range from minor to more serious, depending on your allergy.
What’s an allergist/immunologist?
An allergist/immunologist, or allergist, is a doctor trained to diagnose, treat and manage problems related to the immune system, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases. Depend on care from allergists with:
- Four years of medical school
- Three years of internal medicine or pediatric care residency training
- At least two more years of study (fellowship) in an allergy and immunology program
- Certification from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology
Conditions and symptoms we treat
Receive treatment for a wide range of allergic conditions or immunologic diseases, including:
- Allergies – Sneezing, itching, swelling, rashes or other symptoms caused by your immune system reacting to a substance in the environment such as pet dander, pollen, bee stings, certain foods or medications.
- Asthma – Chronically inflamed airways that cause recurring periods of wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness.
- Eosinophilic esophagitis – Excessive amount of white blood cells in your esophagus that can lead to inflammation and difficulty swallowing.
- Hives – Red, itchy, swollen areas of skin; may result from an allergic reaction (allergic eczema), viral infections, extreme temperatures, sun, water or exercise.
Count on us to safely determine what substances you’re allergic to. Ask your allergist about the best allergy tests for you.
After a consultation and allergy testing, you’ll partner with your allergist to create a unique treatment plan where you may:
- Learn about your condition.
- Gain strategies to manage your symptoms and avoid allergens.
- Find medications to take when you feel symptoms.
- Receive allergy shots (immunotherapy) – injections that can decrease symptoms.