About Alabama Allergy
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.
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.
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.
Our Pollen Count
Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center provides our area’s daily pollen count. Our Burkard (pollen collecting machine) is located on the roof of our Homewood office. Pollen and spores are collected and counted daily by Wayne Shew, Ph.D. NAB Certified Pollen Counter and Kaylee Hale, Pollen Counter. Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center’s pollen count is used by many weather and media sources, and is the only count certified by the National Allergy Bureau for the Birmingham area.
To receive daily email alerts for the Birmingham area, visit http://pollen.aaaai.org/nab/index.cfm?p=MyNAB.
What do the pollen levels mean?
Collection stations nationwide report their certified pollen count data to the National Allergy Bureau. The “count” data shows the number of pollen grains or mold spores present per cubic meter of air on that day.
Pollen and mold levels are determined by the National Allergy Bureau (NAB) and have been translated into these four levels based on the counts for the majority of days:
- LOW—concentrations less than the median or 50th percentile (half of the counts were below median)
- MODERATE—concentrations between 50th and 75th percentile
- HIGH—concentrations between the 75th and 99th percentile
- VERY HIGH—above the 99th percentile (99% of the counts are below this level)
Why do we count the pollen?
It is important for those who experience allergy symptoms to stay aware of the pollen levels, even when they are low, so they can begin their appropriate medications and precautionary measures (like avoiding outside activities, bathing before bed, etc) as soon as possible.
While the pollen count measures the concentration of pollen in the air, it is not a measurement of, or correlated, with an individual’s possible symptoms.
A “low” pollen count does not always correlate with a low level of symptoms, just as a very high count does not necessarily mean a higher level of significant health effects.
The higher number of pollen grains in the air, the more precautions patients should generally take.
We encourage all allergy sufferers to consider seeing a board certified allergist/immunologist for accurate testing and the right, and most effective, treatment plan for them.
Alabama Allergy in the Community
The core values of Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center are reflected in our social responsibility commitments across a number of areas. As the largest allergy and asthma medical practice in Alabama we are dedicated to contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play. Our social responsibility efforts include corporate giving, local community relations, volunteerism, diversity and inclusion, ethics and compliance, wellness and sustainability initiatives. We partner locally to support to enhance and continually improve upon these efforts, in addition to the progress we are making to positively impact the health and wellness of the individuals within our communities.
Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center’s community involvement is rooted in one of our core missions: To serve our community through preventative medicine and other outreach programs. We have always been committed to the well-being of the communities in which we practice medicine through focused health and wellness efforts. The success of our employee volunteer program, depends on the many employees who offer their time and talents to support an array of worthwhile causes including community events and health screenings. Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center is stronger than ever, with nearly 70 employees volunteering many hours. We are inspired every day by our employees’ generosity and dedication to volunteering in our communities.
Clinical Research Center of Alabama
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.
Join Our Team
Thank you for your interest in joining the Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center team. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with salary requirements, employee application, and resume to Helen Combs, Administrator, at email@example.com or by fax to 205-870-1621.
The following positions are currently open:
MEDICAL ASSISTANT – view a description of the position and apply here.