Allergy & Immunology
Turn to the team at Adventist HealthCare for your allergy and immunology needs. Benefit from expert care close to you in Maryland.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are among the most common conditions that affect the immune system and are the body’s natural defense against infections and other health problems. Allergies may range from mild, seasonal itchy eyes and runny nose, to severe life-threatening reactions.
What’s an Allergist?
An allergist, or immunologist, is a doctor with advanced training to diagnose, treat and manage conditions that affect the immune system, including allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
Conditions We Treat
Rely on the immune system experts at Adventist HealthCare to treat conditions including:
- Asthma – Long-term condition that narrows the airways of the lungs, making it difficult to breath
- Anaphylaxis – Allergic reaction that causes the body to go into shock
- Drug allergies – Harmful reaction to a medicine such as penicillin, aspirin, etc.
- Food allergies – Harmful reaction to different foods such as eggs, nuts, shellfish, etc.
- Hay fever – Commonly referred to as seasonal allergies, hay fever is caused by pollen or dust that causes cold like symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, etc.
Allergy & Immunology Treatments
Expect your allergist or immunologist to work closely with other members of your care team, including your primary care physician and other specialists. Depending on your condition and symptoms, your doctors may recommend:
- Allergy tests – Skin or blood test to find out what substance or allergens trigger a reaction
- Autoimmune disease test – Test to measure the number of antibodies in your blood, which attack and destroy substances such as bacteria or viruses
- Tissue type test – Blood test that identifies antigens on the surface of the body’s cells and tissues, to check if donor tissue is safe for transplant
- Viral tests – Test to find what infection is causing viruses