Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and Immunology specialists are physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat allergies, asthma, and disorders of the immune system. Allergies to food, dust, pollen, mold, and animal dander are very common. People also can experience an allergic reaction to insect stings, medication, or latex products. Allergic reactions can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. There are many treatments for allergies depending on the cause and severity of the reaction to the allergen. These include medications to prevent an attack; rescue treatments, e.g., an epinephrine injector; and immunotherapy to build up tolerance to an allergen.

Asthma is a chronic disease of the bronchial tubes which are the air passages leading into the lungs. In people with asthma, the air passages become inflamed, swollen, and the muscles surrounding them tighten, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness. People with a family history of asthma are more prone than others to develop it. Asthma cannot be cured but can be kept under control with careful medical management.

Allergists also treat other immune system disorders including primary immunodeficiency disease and eczema. At Hackensack University Medical Group, our Allergy & Immunology specialists know that a close relationship with patients is key to managing these chronic medical conditions.


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