Allergy and Immunology

Allergies occur when our body’s natural immune system reacts to an external source which it is not resistant to, and is normally not harmful to the human body. An individual may be allergic to various allergens such as dust, pollen, mold, certain food ingredients, pet fur and medication. Allergic reactions come in many forms such as itchy and watery eyes (hay fever), itchy inflamed skin (hives and eczema), breathing difficulties (asthma or even anaphylaxis) and blood pressure fluctuation, and symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Allergies can affect anyone, at any age, and sufferers should seek treatment to manage symptoms.

Immunology is the study of the relationship between the body’s system and its immunity. Disorders of the immune system include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other hypersensitivities such as asthma and other allergies.


Conditions We Cover

1
Ocular (allergies of the eye)

- Allergic conjunctivitis

- Atopic keratoconjunctivitis

- Vernal keratoconjunctivitis

2
Sino Nasal (allergies of the nose and sinuses)

- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

- Allergic rhinosinusitis

-Allergic nasal polyposis

- Allergic middle ear dysfunction

3
Respiratory Allergies

- Asthma - mild, moderate, severe - allergic asthma

- Eosinophilic, complex, cough variant asthma

- Exercise-induced Bronchospasm, occupational asthma

- Chronic cough

- Vocal cord dysfunction

- Reactive airway disease

- Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)

4
Skin Allergies

- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

- Angioedema (swelling of body parts) - HAE, acquired, trauma induced

- Acute allergic urticaria (acute hives)

- Chronic urticaria syndromes (chronic hives)

- Contact dermatitis - allergic, irritant

- Chronic pruritic skin rashes (skin rashes with itching)

- Chronic pruritus (chronic itching)

5
Food Allergies

- Allergy to foods

- Food intolerance - Food protein enterocolitis (FPIES)

- Food protein proctocolitis

- Heiner's Syndrome

- Lactose intolerance

- Oral allergy syndrome

- Food-dependent exercise - induced anaphylaxis

- Scombroid food poisoning (histamine toxicity)

- Eosinophilic esophagitis

- Eosinophilic gastroenteritis

6
Blood and Systemic Allergy Disorders

- Anaphylaxis

- Systemic Mastocytosis

- Mast cell activation syndromes

- Hypereosinophilic syndromes (HES)

- Hypersensitivity vasculitis

- Hypersensitive Pneumonitis (HP)

- Churg Strauss Syndrome

- Skeeter Syndrome

- Insect venom allergy

7
Drug Allergies

- Allergy to medications

- Latex allergy

- Vaccine allergy

- Penicillin allergy

- DRESS - drug rash eosinophilia systemic syndrome

- Steven Johnson Syndrome

- Toxic epidermal necrolysis

8
Immunodeficiency Disorders

- Primary

- Secondary

- Latrogenic

Procedures for Allergies and Immunological Disorders

- Array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are also available:

- Skin testing for evaluation of inhalant allergy, food allergy, medication allergy

- Intradermal testing for evaluation of inhalant allergy, medication allergy

- Vaccine allergy evaluation by skin testing and intradermal testing

- Latex allergy evaluation by skin testing, intradermal testing, glove challenge

- Insect venom allergy evaluation by skin testing and intradermal testing

- Allergen immunotherapy

- Sublingual allergen immunotherapy

- Skin biopsy for evaluation of chronic skin rashes

- Patch testing

- Portable spirometry for asthma evaluation

- Impulse oscillometry (IOS) for asthma evaluation

- Exhaled nitric oxide evaluation for complex asthma evaluation

- Chronic urticaria testing

- Drug desensitisation procedures

- Medication challenge tests

- Food challenge tests

- Delayed hypersensitivity (Anergy Panel) testing for immunodeficiency

- Immunoglobulin therapy for immunodeficiency

- Hereditary angioedema therapy

- Asthma therapy

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