Allergies can affect anyone, no matter your age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Allergic disease is common in children and adults, and may occur for the first time at any age. Allergies can also return quickly and suddenly after many years of being allergy-free.
Research shows that the number of people who develop allergic diseases is increasing. Today, 30–35 percent of people will develop allergies at some point in their lives. Factors like hormones, stress, smoke, perfume, or other environmental irritants may play a role.
Midvalley Health Center
243 E 6100 S
Murray, UT 84107
To schedule an appointment call 801-581-2955 or submit an appointment request.
Conditions We Treat
- Seasonal allergies (hay fever)
- Food allergy and intolerance (diagnosis & treatment)
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Urtiaria (hives)
- Immune deficiency
- Drug allergy
- Recurrent infection
- Sinusitis and congestion
- Aspirin sensitivity
- Stinging insect allergy
Testing We Offer
- Allergy testing (skin prick)
- Patch testing
- Fiberoptic sinus endoscopy
- Lung function tests
We offer a number of treatments to help relieve allergy symptoms. Treatments include:
- Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Rush immunotherapy
- Food allergy desensitization (oral immunotherapy, or OIT)
- Sublingual allergy desensitization
How Allergies Work
During an allergic reaction, your immune system mistakes a harmless substance for one that can cause illness. These harmless substances are called allergens.
During this process, your immune system overreacts, producing antibodies that cause your body to release histamines. These histamines then cause classic allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, and watery eyes. Having an allergic reaction can affect your nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of your stomach, or skin.
Sometimes people with allergies become so used to chronic symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestion, and wheezing that they don't think their symptoms are unusual – or that their symptoms are interfering with their quality of life. However, an allergy specialist can help prevent or control these uncomfortable systems, improving how you feel on a day-to-day basis.
Children can develop seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema, and food allergies. Food allergies in children may be especially dangerous and even life threatening. One in six children with food allergies has had an allergic reaction at school, and 25% of these children have no previous allergy diagnosis.
Researchers have recently developed a way to make children with food allergies less sensitive to food allergens. This treatment is called oral immunotherapy, and we now offer oral immunotherapy in our clinic.
Should My Child See an Allergy Specialist?
Seasonal allergies and asthma can severely affect your child’s quality of life. If your child’s daily activities are limited by allergic disease, schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Gerald Gleich, MD is an allergist and immunologist with a practice focused on the treatment of eosinophil-associated diseases. These include asthma, esophagitis and hypereosinophilic syndromes, as well as more common allergic diseases such as allergic conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), chronic rhinosinusitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema),... Read More
Aaron Kobernick, MD, MPH is an allergist and immunologist with focus on care of allergic disease in patients of all ages. He is especially interested in care of mild, moderate and severe asthma in adults and children, including population management, air quality, and identifying allergic triggers in the home and in school/work. He also treats eos... Read More
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