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The Respiratory Institute’s Allergy & Immunology Program offers a variety of cutting-edge techniques to diagnose and treat patients affected by allergic and immunologic conditions.
During the first visit, an Allergy & Immunology Program physician obtains a detailed patient history and conducts a physical examination. Based on this information, one or more of the following tests may be performed to help confirm the allergy and determine the best treatment for the patient:
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, patients receive individualized care plans and training for the optimal use of inhalers, nasal sprays and adrenaline autoinjectors (EpiPens). Patients with a specific sensitivity may be offered the option of desensitization. This stimulates the immune system with gradually increasing doses of the substances to which a person is allergic to modify or stop the allergic response. This can be done either with or without injections for a wide range of allergens and drugs, such as aspirin. Patients with severe allergies or immunodeficiency or autoimmunity conditions are provided with state-of-the-art treatments based on international guidelines.
The Respiratory Institute’s Allergy & Immunology team is made up of expert caregivers who are highly trained in diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic conditions, including skin prick testing, patch tests, challenge testing and desensitization procedures.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this program include: