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. What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance? Learn here
Allergen immunotherapy to aeroallergens and bee venom (allergy shots) are also available.