Conditions We Treat
Trust the Allergy & Asthma Center for diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and other related disorders. We’ll work with you to develop an individualized plan that allows you to live life fully without letting your medical conditions getting in the way.
Everyone gets a little itchy or dry skin from time to time. But when hives, rashes, peeling and itchy skin won’t go away, its time to find the cause. It begins with the type of expert diagnosis you’ll find at the Allergy & Asthma Center. Skin disorders that often require evaluation at the Allergy and Asthma Center include, but are not limited to, hives (urticaria), atopic dermatitis (eczema), allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis.
Some allergic reactions can be life-threatening. Anaphylaxis is often a manifestation of a severe allergic reaction to a food, venom or medication but can also be idiopathic and exercise-induced. Avoiding anaphylaxis includes identifying the triggering agents, developing an avoidance plan, and emergency treatment when necessary.
Angioedema can occur with or without hives. While hives affect the surface of the skin, angioedema occurs under the skin. Triggers commonly include foods, insect stings or medication. Testing may be necessary to identify the triggering agents.
There are several different types of asthma including allergic asthma, non-allergic asthma, occupational asthma and exercise-induced asthma. Asthma may be triggered by a variety of factors including allergen exposure, chemical exposure and viral illness, but it can also be exercise-induced or triggered by other factors. Trust the Allergy & Asthma Center to work with you to develop a plan for controlling this chronic condition. It is possible to live an active and full life with asthma. Let us show you how.
Dust mites, mold, pollen and pets can all be sources of environmental allergies. By identifying the triggers, developing an avoidance plan, and using medication and possibly immunotherapy, you can live a life free of the sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itchy, red, watery eyes that may be caused by environmental allergies.
Does exercise leave you feeling short of breath, coughing or wheezing? Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction is one potential explanation for these symptoms and can be controlled with medication once it’s properly diagnosed. The Allergy & Asthma Center has complete testing facilities to determine whether this condition affects you.
There are many types of adverse reactions to food and not all are allergies. But certain types of food allergy can result in life-threatening anaphylaxis. The Allergy & Asthma Center uses several testing protocols to distinguish between different types of adverse reactions to food.
Hives (urticaria) come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. They have an equally wide variety of potential causes. They may very well be a symptom of an allergic reaction. Effective management of hives begins with identifying the triggers and then avoiding future exposures. Sometimes medications can be used to decrease the frequency and severity of hives, particularly when they are chronic.
Immune deficiency is when the immune system is unable to function adequately leaving you susceptible to infection. Although primary immune deficiencies are quite rare, they do occur. There are various types of immune deficiency including disorders of humoral (antibody branch) immunity, cellular immunity, the complement system and infection-fighting white blood cells known as phagocytes. If recurrent infections are a problem, contact our immunologist at the Allergy and Asthma Center for an evaluation.
Insect sting allergy
All insect stings are annoying. Various responses ranging from local areas of swelling and redness, to life-threatening systemic reaction can be seen. Allergy to insect venom can present as anaphylaxis. Immunotherapy is proven to be highly effective in managing insect sting allergy.
Mast cells are an important component of your immune system and are crucial for fighting disease. However, when they collect in the skin or internal organs, mastocytosis can occur. This genetic disorder is thought to be caused by mutation and is not generally hereditary. Treatment generally includes oral medication.
Medical science has created drugs to help us fight infection, reduce swelling, and treat many illnesses. However, some of these medications that should help create an adverse reaction instead. The Allergy & Asthma Center can provide testing and treatment (including desensitization) for drug allergies.
Vocal cord dysfunction
Some irritants or exercise can cause the larynx to constrict. This makes it difficult to breathe. Because the symptoms are similar to asthma, it can be easy to confuse the two. Testing can determine if your breathing problems are related to vocal cord dysfunction or asthma, so you receive the proper treatment.