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Allergy Care

When allergies are getting in the way of normal activities, it’s time to see an allergy specialist at University Health. We offer diagnostic testing and treatments for a range of allergens and irritants, including:

  • Dust
  • Foods, including dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, shellfish and wheat
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Pets
  • Pollen

Allergy Testing

Allergy testing can help your health care provider determine which substances cause your symptoms. There are three common tests your health care provider might use:

Skin test: Your doctor will put a small amount of an allergen on your skin, then prick the area. If the pricked area rises up like a mosquito bite, that means you are allergic to the allergen. This can test many allergens at once.

Blood test: Blood tests are done if skin tests can’t be performed. Blood tests measure the IgE antibodies to certain allergens in your blood.

Challenge test: Under close medical supervision, you will inhale or consume a small amount of the allergen. This is most often performed for food or medicine allergies when your provider expects you will have a minor reaction.

Treatments

Your allergy treatment plan will be determined by your overall health and how well you do with medication and procedures.

Self-management

The easiest and most recommended treatment method is avoiding the allergen whenever possible. Your doctor may also recommend a saline spray to rinse the irritants out of your nose.

Other ways you can avoid allergies are:

  • Dust-proof your home
  • Stay inside when pollen counts are high
  • Wash bedding and clothes often to eliminate dust mites
  • Wear a face mask when doing yard work

Allergy immunotherapy

Allergy shots inject a mix of the substances you are allergic to boost your immune system against them. Shots may be a better option than avoidance for:

  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Eye allergy (conjunctivitis)
  • Allergic asthma
  • Stinging insect allergy (bees)

Newer methods include tablets that dissolve under your tongue.

Prescription medication

Based on your allergy and the symptoms it causes, your doctor may prescribe:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Corticosteroids
  • Mast cell stabilizers
  • Epinephrine

Providers on Your Care Team

You may have a number of health care professionals on your care team. You can expect to get treatment from a physician, pulmonologist (lung specialist), lab technician and pharmacist .


Doctors
  1. Adriel Malave, MD
    Critical Care Medicine Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease
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  2. Anoop Nambiar, MD
    Critical Care Medicine Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease
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  3. Philip Ong, MD
    Critical Care Medicine Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease
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