What is Allergy & Immunology Specialty?
The field of Allergy & Immunology specializes in treating conditions that are caused by a dysfunction in the immune system. Increased activity of certain immune cells can give rise to allergic diseases like asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). A decrease or deficiency of certain immune cells can give rise to immunodeficiency disorders which manifest primarily as recurrent infections. An allergist/immunologist (physician) can evaluate for and treat these conditions.
We diagnose and treat the following conditions in patients:
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Angioedema (Swelling episodes)
- Aspirin-exacerbated Respiratory Disease
- Contact Dermatitis
- Drug allergy
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Food allergy
- Mast Cell Disorders
- Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders (i.e. Common variable immunodeficiencies)
- Urticaria (Hives)
- Venom allergy
During your visit, our allergist/immunologist will review your history and symptoms to establish an appropriate diagnostic and/or treatment plan.
Allergy diagnostic testing may include:
- Skin testing to foods
- Antibiotics (Penicillin)
- Bee venom
- Patch testing
Drug and food challenges may also be recommended depending on the history and results of diagnostic testing.
Allergen immunotherapy to aeroallergens and bee venom (allergy shots) are also available.