About 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. The immune systems of people with allergies overreact to normally harmless substances, called triggers. Allergic disorders are the sixth leading cause of chronic illnesses in the U.S., affecting both adults and children. Many allergic disorders have increased over the past decades and are still on the rise.
Despite these troubling statistics, allergies often go undiagnosed or improperly treated. Untreated allergies can lead to serious chronic conditions. In addition, some allergic reactions are potentially life threatening.
Cooper allergists-immunologists see patients of all ages, including infants, children, adults, and senior citizens (geriatric population). If you suffer from allergies, no matter the severity, we can help lessen or eliminate your symptoms and make you more comfortable.
Allergy-Related Conditions We Treat
We evaluate, diagnose and treat the following allergy-related conditions:
- Allergic conjunctivitis (eye itching and redness)
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
- Angioedema (swelling)
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Contact dermatitis (skin reactions to irritants)
- Drug allergy
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Food allergy
- Insect sting allergy
- Latex allergy
- Urticaria (hives)
Available diagnostic procedures and treatments include:
- Pulmonary function testing
- Skin testing for allergy diagnosis
- Patch testing
- Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Detailed patient education
In addition, we participate in numerous clinical research studies on asthma and atopic dermatitis.
Expertise in Immunodeficiency Disorders
Our allergists-immunologists also have extensive experience treating primary and secondary immunodeficiency disorders. These are the diseases of the immune system that impair your ability to fight the infection. Some immunodeficiencies are inheritable and others may present clinically at any age. The most common clinical features of immunodeficiency are frequent severe and/or chronic infections, including diarrhea. It is important to recognize immunodeficiency early in its course for better optimal control of these disorders and for providing information relevant to immediate family members.