Living with your environment
When your body reacts to things that are usually harmless or even beneficial, our allergy and Immunology doctors offer up-to-date testing and treatments to help.
Our number one priority is to provide individualized patient care that leads to a better quality of life. The majority of allergy and asthma cases do not conform to textbook descriptions, so we work closely with our patients to tailor treatment to their symptoms and needs.
Using state-of-the-art, evidence-based medicine in combination with the above philosophy, we empower our patients so that they can take charge of their conditions and their lives. By including our patients in the diagnosis and treatment process, we ensure that patients will leave with a better understanding of their own health, as well as a better understanding of how to deal with their medical issues.
Conditions We Treat
The Allergy & Immunology team provides diagnosis and care for individuals with a sometimes overlapping spectrum of disorders including the following:
- Asthma (symptoms may include chronic cough, shortness of breath, exercise limitation and wheezing)
- Seasonal Allergies or Hay Fever and Perennial Rhinitis (symptoms may include nasal congestion with sleep interference, sneezing, eye itching and redness, fatigue)
- Drug Allergy (manifestations include anaphylaxis, rashes of various kinds and serious involvement of many organs in the body)
- Urticaria or Hives (symptoms include red itchy bumps on the skin)
- Anaphylaxis and angioedema or swelling (these are potentially life threatening conditions)
- Eczema (symptoms include itchy, scaly dry skin)
- Contact Dermatitis (symptoms can include a bubbly rash following exposure to poison ivy or cosmetics)
- Occupational Allergies (this includes such things as allergy to latex, laboratory animals and other work related exposures)
- Insect sting and insect bite allergies
- Immune deficiencies and recurrent infections in adults
- Food allergy
Almost all of the symptoms listed above can be caused by a number of contributing factors in a given individual and can at times, overlap with one another (for example allergy to cats can cause asthma, rhinitis, urticarial and worsening eczema). To determine your allergy, we will typically start with a detailed medical history combined with a physical examination and specific diagnostic testing. The testing that we do consists of only what we consider necessary to make a diagnosis.