Today's Pollen Count: April 26, 2017

Birmingham, AL
Trees
Moderate
Weeds
Low
Grass
Moderate
Mold
Not Counted


Our area’s pollen count is provided daily by Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center. Our pollen counting station and Burkhardt (pollen counting machine) are located on the roof of our Homewood office. Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center's pollen count is the only count certified by the National Allergy Bureau for Birmingham and the surrounding area.

our mission

Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center’s mission is to be the leading caregiver for patients with allergies and chronic respiratory problems. Since 1966, 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.

Breathe right, live well.
Come see us at one of our convenient locations in Homewood, Hoover, Alabaster, Chelsea, Cullman or Trussville.

Why See an Allergist?

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 collecting a complete medical history on each patient, performing a physical examination on the patient and assessing the patient’s environmental exposure history.  They may also perform tests such as allergen skin tests and lung function tests. If you have allergy symptoms that occur in association with exposure to certain things, that is highly significant. Allergy diagnostic tests, such as skin tests or blood tests, provide similar information and merely confirm what your health history tells the doctor. If your doctor were to rely exclusively on the results of skin or blood tests (without history and physical examination), you could be diagnosed as having an allergic problem that you don’t necessarily have. 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 doctor’s are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as:

Sinus Infections

Asthma and frequent cough

Hay Fever (Rhinitis)

Eye Allergies

Food, Insect, and Drug Allergies

Immune System Problems that might cause frequent infections

 

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upcoming events

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017
    9am - 2pmMcWane Science Center

    Come see Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center's booth at the fifth annual WBRC First Alert Weather Fest sponsored by Wayne's Environmental Services on Saturday, April 29. 

    Weather Fest will take place in front of the McWane Science Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is free to the general public.

    April is typically the worst month for tornado outbreaks in Alabama. We plan on having a number of vendors to help promote severe weather safety and answer your questions.

    Meet the WBRC FOX6 First Alert Weather team as well as your favorite WBRC FOX6 News and iHeartMedia personalities.

    Members of our marketing and digital team will also be available to help you download the WBRC weather and news apps on your smartphone or tablet. If you'd like assistance with programming your NOAA Weather radio you can bring that and we'd be happy to help. 

    Weather fans will also have the chance to see storm chasing vehicles and tools used by atmospheric scientists to detect and study severe weather.

    There will be music, games, children's activities, face painting by Jill Gilardi, raffle prizes (no charge for raffle tickets), and more!

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  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    10:00am - 3:30pmHomewood Central Park

    Stop by and see us at We Love Homewood Day!

    Full schedule and details can be found here: http://www.homewoodparks.com/special-events/we-love-homewood-day/

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  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    8:00 amSportsman Lake, 1544 Sportsman Lake Road NW Cullman, AL 35055

    Join Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center and Team Lyndon in a 5K Walk/Run honoring the memory of Lyndon Brooke Stidham, a young girl who passed away at the age of 12 from a rare disease called Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). Register today for $25. Registration includes swag bag and High-Tech Race Tee. Register today at: 5k.haea.org.

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  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    7:05 pmRegions Field, Birmingham, AL

    For tenth year, Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center will sponsor Peanut Free Night at Regions Field. The Birmingham Barons stadium will undergo a week long cleaning and pressure washing to remove all traces of peanuts to allow fans with peanut allergies to enjoy a game in complete comfort. All peanuts and products containing peanuts will be removed from the park, and peanuts will be prohibited from being brought into the stadium. This is a one of just a few of the country’s teams to host this type of full ballpark endeavor. Join us at Regions Field to see the Birmingham Barons take on the Biloxi Shuckers.  Peanut Free Night has sold out in the past, purchase tickets early at: Ticketreturn.com.

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