Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a normally harmless foreign material like grass, food, or pet dander. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies, that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur. Finding out what you may be allergic to is an important first step to effective allergy treatment. Combined with a detailed medical history, our allergists can help test, diagnose, and provide the best treatment plan for you. Learn more, by clicking on the allergic disease, reactions, testing, and treatment links below.



    Asthma is a disease that affects the airways in the lungs, making them inflamed and swollen. The inflammation makes airways more likely to be bothered by allergens or things such as smoke, stress, exercise, or cold air. Airway muscle spasms block the flow of air to the lungs, causing symptoms that may include difficulty breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing and wheezing. Many people may not know the they have symptoms. Sometimes the only symptom is a chronic cough, especially at night, after exercise or when laughing. Asthma may have only mild symptoms, or it can be life threatening when attacks stop breathing altogether. May people who have asthma also have allergies, and the most common form of asthma is “allergic asthma”, triggered by allergens. Allergists have specialized training and experience to help you find out what causes your asthma, help you prevent and treat symptoms, and keep your asthma under control. Learn more at our asthma page link below.

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      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis) that block airflow in the lungs. This makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. Many of the symptoms of COPD are similar to asthma symptoms.

      Although COPD is the leading cause of death and illness worldwide, it is often preventable. That is because long-term cigarette smoking is the primary cause of this life-threatening disease. Additionally, smokers are particularly likely to suffer from a combination of both asthma and COPD.
      It is important to distinguish between asthma, COPD or a combination of the two, as the treatment approach will differ. An allergist/immunologist has specialized training and experience to accurately diagnose these conditions.

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      The immune system is a collection of cells and proteins that works to protect the body from potentially harmful, infectious microorganisms (microscopic life-forms), such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. The immune system plays a role in the control of cancer and other diseases, but also is the culprit in the phenomena of allergies, asthma, and recurrent infections such as sinus, pneumonia, ear infections, and bronchitis. An allergist/immunologist specializes in the treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. Our allergists/immunologists have specialized training and expertise to accurately diagnose and coordinate a treatment plan for you. A treatment plan for more complicated diseases like Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD) may require collaboration with your primary physician and other specialists to provide the best possible individualized care plan for you. To learn more about other immune disorders we treat please visit the links below.

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