Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center’s mission is to be the leading caregiver for patients with allergies and chronic respiratory problems. Since 1968, our practice has been committed to providing the greater Birmingham area and our patients with the best care through our values of care, advocacy, service, integrity, and accountability.
Allergies, asthma, and immune diseases can have a drastic effect on an individual’s quality of life. Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff work together to help diagnosis and treat patients who suffer from pediatric and adult allergies, skin disorders, sinus issues, asthma, and immunological issues, as well as food and drug allergies.
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Come see us at one of our convenient locations in Homewood, Hoover, Alabaster, Chelsea, or Cullman.
Becoming an allergist / immunologist requires at least an additional nine years of training beyond a bachelor’s degree. After completing medical school, physicians undergo three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics and pass the exam of either the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). To specialize in Allergy-Immunology, it is next necessary for internists and pediatricians to complete an additional two years of study, called a fellowship, in an accredited allergy / immunology training program. They are then qualified to sit for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) certification exam. All of our allergists are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology: the only recognized specialty that cares for patients with allergic and immunological diseases.
Most people are unaware of the immune or allergy causes behind their symptoms. It can be critical to identify what is causing your symptoms, and allergists have the appropriate training, knowledge, and tools to diagnose and treat your allergy and asthma related problems.
Allergies may affect many parts of the body, and can be an underlying trigger for issues, including organ symptoms such as the skin, lungs, gastrointestinal system, eyes, ears, and sinuses. Thus, it can be beneficial to make an initial appointment with an allergist to assess your symptoms and causes. Allergists receive many referrals from other healthcare providers such as internists, pediatricians, ENTs, pulmonologists, and dermatologists, and will partner with your other healthcare providers for individual treatment as necessary.
Allergy specialists diagnose their patients’ conditions by providing a variety of tests. They collect a complete medical history on each patient, perform a physical examination on the patient and assess the patient’s environmental exposure history. They may also perform tests such as allergen skin tests and lung function tests. Once they have diagnosed the patient’s condition, allergy doctors can advise patients in treating the condition, minimizing the allergic response or avoiding the allergic triggers identified.
In addition to treating potentially serious consequences of allergies and asthma, allergists also focus on preventative care, ensuring that patients achieve and maintain optimal health and quality of life. They develop management plans and follow patients over time, providing them with the most up to date treatment options available.
Our patient care team of physicians and nurse practitioners provide a full range of health care services for allergy, asthma, and related immunological conditions. All of our physicians are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Our nurse practitioners are licensed registered nurses (RN) who have also completed their master’s or doctorate degree in nursing. They provide our patients with professional care through education, treatment, and their ability to prescribe medications. Our physician and nurse practitioner team work collaboratively to review the care of each patient, and to ensure you receive the best quality of personalized care. To schedule an appointment with our providers, call us at (205) 871-9661.
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The Clinical Research Center of Alabama, located at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center is currently looking for pediatric and adult volunteers for ongoing clinical trials. These trials help in the development of new or more effective therapies for such conditions as asthma, COPD, and chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives).
Participation in a research investigation is always voluntary. The research participant is closely monitored, receives expert medical care, study medications, and access to potential new therapies. Additionally, they may receive financial compensation, which varies depending on the study requirements.
Contact our Clinical Research Center of Alabama at (205) 209-4100, if you suffer from any of these conditions and could benefit, or if you are interested in helping future patients find treatment or a cure.
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