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Allergy & Immunology at West Penn Hospital

West Penn Hospital is home to the Food Allergy & Eosinophilic Esophagitis Center.  Our multidisciplinary team can provide you with:

  • A complete and correct diagnosis of your triggers
  • An understanding of food preparation, labelling and avoidance routines
  • A detailed and individualized treatment plan for home, work and school
  • Ongoing assessment over the lifespan to help you understand if or when your food allergies  have resolved
  • Food challenges in a carefully supervised setting
  • Care for your other allergy issues – nasal symptoms and asthma, eczema  all in one place.

 

Esophagitis is a complex form of food allergy that affects people across the lifespan, cause trouble swallowing, pain, heartburn refractory to usual treatments. Our team can help you identify your triggers, and find the best treatment to keep your esophagitis fully controlled. Services include; 

  • Food prick and patch tests
  • Diet planning and teaching
  • Coordinated care with endoscopy experts to follow patients adjusting their treatment

 

Links for more information on Eosinophilic Esophagitis:
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network  www.foodallergy.org
Consortium of Food Allergy Research www.cofargroup.org
 

Drug and Venom allergy
Our expert team can help you identify the triggers of an unexpected reaction, and safe alternatives to your treatment. We offer drug challenge, desensitization also when alternatives are not advised. Our ASA desensitization service can help chronic nasal polyp suffers improve their quality of life.

Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps
Many people in the greater Pittsburgh area have suffered with chronic nasal symptoms for too long! Our team can help you determine if your nasal and eye symptoms are due to allergies and can start a treatment plan to control them. But if your nasal symptoms aren’t from allergies, we can still help. Many nasal polyp and chronic sinusitis patients have other treatable causes like aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, immune system dysfunction and occupational triggers. We can help you understand your triggers and get treatment started to get you back to breathing, sleeping and enjoying life!

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday    8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday                                11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday (alternating)                    8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Office Location:
Mellon Pavilion
4815 Liberty Avenue
Suite 156
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412.578.3503
412.688.7760 (fax)

Preparing for your Allergy Visit:
Bring all your current medications, including prescription and over the counter medications and supplements with you, or write them out on a list to bring. Bring you vaccination card, your chest x-rays, and any other tests you would like our doctor to review. If your visit requires an insurance authorization, bring that too, as well as your insurance card and photo ID. Your visit may take up to 2 hours, wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Small children may need games and toys - and even a babysitter sometimes comes in handy. Please do not bring food to the office as some of our other patients may have allergies to the foods you are bringing.

If the person being seen is a child, their legal guardian or parent needs to be present. In the case that a parent can not be at the visit, a signed authorization for treatment will need to be brought by the family member with them (please contact our office).

Many patients do need allergy testing.  If you think this might be needed, you should try stopping antihistamines (please call the office for a list of antihistamines) for 7 days before your visit.  PATIENTS BEING SEEN FOR HIVES OR DANGEROUS ALLERGIC REACTIONS SHOULD NOT STOP TAKING THEIR ANTIHISTAMINES. If you recently had allergy testing somewhere else, please bring it with you and keep taking your prescribed medications.

If you have breathing symptoms, you may need lung function testing in our visit. Please bring all the inhaled medications and devices you take them with to our office.

Finally, it often helps to write down and bring the questions you have for our doctors. We want to make sure that you leave with all the answers you need.