Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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About Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Allergies are what happens when our immune system fights foreign bodies like pollen, foods, drugs, even materials like nickel or latex. Allergic reactions can range from minor to life-threatening. They may be annoying, like a stuffy nose caused by seasonal allergies, or potentially harmful, like anaphylaxis caused by a food allergy.

The same substances that cause allergies can also trigger asthma symptoms. Asthma is a chronic (life-long) disease that can cause wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Like with allergies, asthma symptoms are the body's response to a foreign substance, but with asthma, the reaction affects a person's lungs and airways.

The UMMC difference

UMMC allergists and immunologists are board-certified in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and other diseases of the immune system. Whether the goal is fast relief for occasional allergy symptoms or a comprehensive, long-term treatment plan, our team of experts provides personalized care for each patient's particular needs.

Integrative Immunology and Allergy Clinic

Our providers and staff believe in treating the whole patient-body, mind, and spirit. Our Integrative Immunology and Allergy Clinic puts each patient at the center of care and combines traditional medicine with other evidence-based therapies that have proven to be effective in reducing allergy symptoms. Complementary therapies for the treatment and management of allergies may include, but are not limited:

  • Assessment of nutrition, diet, dietary supplements, and herbal use
  • Diagnostic lab tests
  • Exercise
  • Recommendations for dealing with stress and anxiety using mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, or yoga
  • Recommendations for traditional medications in addition to complementary therapies

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Care at UMMC