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
- 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
- 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.
Meet Our Allergy and Immunology Team
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The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment.
To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.