The Pienkowski family of clinics offer a wide range of services covering allergy, asthma and immunology.
List of Services
- Adverse Reactions to Food, Drugs, and Latex
- Allergy Syndrome
- Allergic Conjunctivitis and Rhinitis
- Angiodema and Urticaria (Hives)
- Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Chronic Otitis
- Environmental Allergies
- Food Allergies
- Immunotherapy (subcutaneous and oral), traditional and rapid programs
- Metal Hypersensitivity
- Nasal Polyposis
- Samter’s Syndrome
- Sinus Syndrome
- Drug Allergy Densensitization (e.g., to asprin)
- Flu Vaccine Desensitization
- Functional Immunity Testing
- Insect Venom Immunotherapy with rush program
- Lung Function Assessment (functional and biological)
- Metal Hypersensitivity Testing
- Oral Immunotherapy
- Peanut Anaphylaxis Oral Immunotherapy
Allergy & Allergens
Allergies are caused by abnormalities in a person’s immune system that causes it to respond to otherwise harmless compounds as if they are foreign and harmful substances. This response causes inflammation and swelling of specific cells in the body, leading to congested sinuses, hives, eczema, asthmatic attacks, and other allergic symptoms including fatigue and pain.
Allergen is a broad term used to describe compounds in dust, pollen, mold, animals, and food that can interact with the cells of peoples’ immune system and cause an allergic response. Because allergens come from different sources, not all allergens are the same. This partly explains why people with allergies are not necessarily allergic to everything and why different people can be allergic to different things.
People who have indoor pets often have great exposure to dander. We all love our pets. Unfortunately, the proteins found in a pet’s dander, skied flakes, saliva and urine may cause allergic reactions or aggravate asthma symptoms. It’s also no help that our furry friends carry pollen, mold, and other allergens all around our homes. Let us help you learn to strike a balance between your love for animals and maintaining a safe, happy, and healthy life.
- Lightweight pollens carried by air currents are easily inhaled and easily brought into contact with one’s nasal passages.
- In the early summer, grasses are common allergens.
- In the late summer and fall, ragweed and chenopods are common allergens.
Molds are common both inside and outside. Certain types of molds cause allergies and include alternaria, aspergilius, cladosporium, and penicillium.
Dust mites are tiny bugs living in your house, mattresses, pillows, carpets, and upholstered furniture. These tiny bugs usually feed on dead skin cells and thrive in warm, humid environments (e.g., your bed).
Discover answers to our patients most frequently asked questions here.