The University of Chicago Medicine provides expert care for allergic reactions, asthma and immune disorders in adults, including:

  • Seasonal and environmental allergies, also called allergic rhinitis or hay fever
  • Food allergy and food intolerances
  • Asthma
  • Atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis
  • Angioedema and anaphylaxis
  • Drug allergy
  • Stinging insect allergy
  • Immunodeficiency, including common variable immunodeficiency

Our team also provides specialized allergy and immunology care for infants, children and teens.

Advanced Allergy and Immunology Care for Adults

Our allergist/immunologists and our dedicated nurse practitioner have extensive experience in assessing symptoms and diagnosing allergic and immunologic diseases with expertise. Your care team will pinpoint your triggers (whenever possible), create a customized treatment plan and help you learn how to minimize exposure and manage symptoms.

Common symptoms of allergies may include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itching in ears or roof of the mouth
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes
  • Red, itchy, dry skin
  • Hives or itchy welts (urticaria)
  • Itchy rash
  • Swelling of the throat or within layers of skin tissue (angioedema)
  • Asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening reaction
  • Two or more new ear and/or sinus infections within one year
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Chronic diarrhea and weight loss
  • Frequent viral infections (cold, herpes, warts, condyloma)
  • Needing intravenous (IV) antibiotics to clear infections
  • Recurrent, deep abscesses of the skin or internal organs
  • Persistent thrush or other fungal infections
  • Infections with normally harmless bacteria
  • A family history of primary immunodeficiency

Depending on your symptoms and a thorough review of your medical history, our specialists may order tests to help confirm your diagnosis.

At UChicago Medicine, we offer:

  • Allergen skin testing
  • Blood allergy testing
  • Bronchial provocation testing
  • Immune function testing
  • Lung function testing
  • Oral food challenges

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment options may include:

  • Medications, such as antihistamines, biologics, steroids or immunoglobulin replacement
  • Environmental modifications
  • Allergen immunotherapy  (food and inhalant allergies)
  • Allergen avoidance and emergency exposure plans

In the most complex cases, our allergist/immunologists partner with experts in infectious disease, hematology and other specialties to create and manage treatment plans for immune disorders.

 

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