Conditions We Treat


An allergy is your body’s overreaction to a substance.  Your body’s immune system works too well and overreacts by attacking harmless things like dust, molds or pollen.  The body releases chemicals, called histamines, that cause annoying allergic symptoms that can range from mild to severe.  Learn more about allergies. 


Anaphylaxis is a rare but severe allergic reaction. It occurs suddenly, can worsen quickly and can be deadly.  It involves difficulty breathing, swelling, hives, lowered blood pressure and in severe cases, shock. It typically involves more than one system of the body. Learn more about anaphylaxis. 


Asthma is a disease that affects the airways in the lungs.  The airways are inflamed and swollen all the time.  They are more likely to be bothered by allergens as well as smoke, stress, exercise or cold air.  These ‘triggers’ can cause an ‘asthma attack,’ making the airways swell even more and blocking air flow into your lungs.  Learn more about asthma. 


A drug reaction is a problem caused by a drug that is unexpected. Rarely, your immune system may react to a drug or to a chemical that your body created from that drug. This type of reaction is called a hypersensitivity reaction. Allergic drug reactions are one type of hypersensitivity reaction. Learn more about drug allergy. 


Eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is the most common allergy affecting the eyes. This occurs when the eyes come in contact with an allergen. The allergen triggers the release of histamine which results in itching, redness, burning or tearing.  Learn more about eye allergies. 


People with food allergies have an allergic reaction when they come in contact with certain foods. This happens because their immune system overreacts to the proteins in that food.  Common symptoms are skin rash, hives, and intestinal problems.  Learn more about food allergies.


In most cases, latex allergy develops after many exposures to latex. Latex allergy can cause symptoms of stuffy nose, hives, wheezing and difficulty breathing. The most severe cases can result in anaphylaxis, a very severe allergic reaction that affects many parts of the body all at one time. Learn more about latex allergy. 


Nearly everyone knows someone who says they are allergic to penicillin. Up to 10 percent of people report being allergic to this widely used class of antibiotic, making it the most commonly reported drug allergy. Over time, however, the vast majority of people who once had a severe allergic reaction to penicillin lose sensitivity and can be treated safely with the drug (although 10 percent of individuals will remain allergic). Learn more about penicillin allergy testing. 


Pets can cause problems to allergic patients in several ways. Their dander, or skin flakes, as well as their saliva and urine, can cause an allergic reaction. The animal hair is not considered to be a very significant allergen. However, the hair or fur can collect pollen, dust, mold and other allergens. Pet exposure may cause sneezing and wheezing. An estimated 10 percent of the population may be allergic to animals. A higher rate of 20 to 30 percent of individuals with asthma have pet allergy symptoms. Learn more about pet allergy.


Rhinitis is a term describing the symptoms produced by nasal irritation or inflammation.  Symptoms of rhinitis are due to sinus blockage or congestion.  Symptoms include runny nose, itching, sneezing, stuffy nose and itching of the eyes.  Learn more about rhinitis.


Sinusitis is an inflammation or infection of any of the four groups of sinuses in the skull.  It is often caused by bacterial infection but can be caused by viruses and fungi.  This occurs when the sinus openings become blocked or too much mucus builds up causing one or more of the cavities to become inflamed or swollen.  Learn more about sinusitis.


Skin allergy is caused by contact with a substance and may cause itching, swelling, hives or rash.  Allergic skin conditions include allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema) and urticaria (hives).  Learn more about skin allergies.


Stinging insect allergy is a serious condition.  It requires immediate medical attention.  Symptoms may include: hives, itching, swelling at the sting site; abdominal cramping, vomiting, nausea; chest tightness, difficulty breathing; swelling of tongue or throat.  Learn more about insect stings.


Information provided by ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology)

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