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Allergies, Asthma and Immunology

Learn to control your allergies, asthma and immunodeficiency disorders with a personalized treatment plan that includes regular follow-up care and education.

Allergies, Asthma and Immunology

Allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts to something that’s usually harmless. Asthma is a chronic breathing problem, which caused by inflammation of airways. Immunodeficiency disorders are caused when part of the body’s immune system is missing or functions improperly.

One in five people in the United States suffer from symptoms related to seasonal, food, medication, bee sting or other allergies. More than 26 million Americans are affected by asthma.

What you should know about allergies, asthma and Immunodeficiency

  • Asthma symptoms can include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, and are often brought on by allergens, physical activity, cold weather and stress. 
  • Depending on severity of your allergies, symptoms can be as mild as a runny nose, itchy eyes or more severe in form of hives, swelling, life-threatening airway constrictions.
  • Food allergies can present with potentially life threatening allergic reactions or anaphylaxis on exposure to allergic foods 
  • Immunodeficiency diseases and lead to more frequent and serious infections and increases the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancers.

Why choose Geisinger for your allergy and asthma care?

  • We build strong partnerships with our pediatric and adult allergy and asthma patients, providing the ongoing care and monitoring needed to live active lives.
  • Because allergies and asthma can change over time, we create a treatment plan that includes regular follow-up care and education and tailor them to meet any lifestyle. 
  • Allergy and Immunology providers in Geisinger offer most UpToDate testing and treatment options

Treatment options for allergies and asthma conditions

Through the most advanced allergy testing tools available, providers at Geisinger can effectively manage 

  • Asthma 
  • Environmental allergy symptoms – runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing etc
  • Chronic sinusitis symptoms
  • Medication allergies
  • Food allergies 
  •  Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Hives and angioedema (swelling)
  • Severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis
  • Eczema
  • Bee sting or venom allergies
  • Contact allergies
  • Immunodeficiency disorders

Services include:

  • Testing for environmental allergies including pollen, molds, pet dander, dust mites etc
  • Reviewing environmental modification, trigger prevention and medication options
  • Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) for long-term treatment of allergies and asthma 
  • Asthma management including in-office spirometry evaluation, asthma action plans
  • Testing for food allergies, food challenges and providing food allergy action plans
  • Testing for medication allergies like penicillin testing 
  • Testing for bee sting/venom allergies and administering venom immunotherapy (shots)
  • Administration of newer biologic medications for management of severe asthma, chronic hives and swelling (like Omalizumab, Mepolizumab), severe eczema
  • Evaluation and management of immunodeficiency diseases
  • Patch testing for contact allergies

Treatment options for allergy and asthma conditions

Through the most advanced allergy testing tools available, Geisinger can effectively treat asthma, environmental allergies, medication allergies, hives and swelling and bee sting allergies:

  • Oral or topical medications, including antihistamines and steroids
  • Environmental modification and trigger prevention
  • Allergen immunotherapy other therapies, for long-term treatment of common allergies and asthma
  • Testing for food allergies and providing food allergy action plans
  • Newer medications like Omalizumab (Xolair) for treatment of allergic asthma and hives
  • Testing for medication allergies like penicillin testing
  • Testing for bee sting allergies and administering venom immunotherapy

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