Allergy & Immunology
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.
Allergist/Immunologist - specialized skills:
An allergist/immunologist (commonly referred to as an allergist) is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders including primary immunodeficiency disorders. These conditions range from the very common to the very rare, spanning all ages and encompassing various organ systems.
-Adapted from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAA)
We diagnose and treat the following conditions in patients:
- Urticaria (Hives)
- Angioedema (Swelling episodes)
- Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders (i.e. Common variable immunodeficiencies)
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Mast Cell Disorders
- Aspirin-exacerbated Respiratory Disease
- Drug allergy
- Food allergy
- Venom allergy
- Contact Dermatitis
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
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.
Call Southlake Clinic at (425) 251-5110 to set up an appointment with our Allergist/Immunologist. Visit one of our clinics in Covington, Newcastle and Renton, King County, WA.