Jefferson University Hospitals

Allergy Program

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Jefferson's Allergy Program has the simple goal of providing the best possible medical care for our patients. Whether you’re a professional singer, stay-at-home parent, or athlete, we treat each patient with the high-quality, compassionate care they deserve.

We have extensive experience in the care of chronic cough, lung infections and tumors, seasonal allergies, asthma, as well as the effect of neuromuscular problems on the respiratory tract. 

One of the ways we enhance our ability to care for our patients, as well as help advance medical knowledge, has been by developing a Research Center, designed to optimize subject safety and comfort.

Allergy Avoidance

Directed allergy avoidance can provide considerable benefit to patients with demonstrated allergies. No one can avoid all allergens, and we won't ask you to do that. Fortunately for patients with allergies, even reducing your exposure will decrease your symptoms. Allergy avoidance depends on what you are found to be allergic to by appropriate allergy testing. The need for avoidance will vary, based on what you are allergic to, and how sensitive you are.

Suggestions to assist with common allergens include:

  • Pollen: Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning if necessary, especially in the bedroom. If you are still having problems, avoid exercising outdoors in the early morning when pollen levels are higher.
  • Dust Mites: Mite-proof encasements for your pillows and mattresses are available at department stores and through on-line allergy supply stores. They are a priority in decreasing dust mite exposure.
  • Pets: Keep pets out of the bedroom, and, if possible, out of the house. Continued exposure to an animal to which you are allergic can cause long term problems that may not resolve, even after the animal is gone.
  • Mold: Molds can be found almost everywhere. Indoor molds are in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and almost any room in the house. Use an exhaust fan or open window to remove moisture after showers, and in the kitchen when cooking to remove water vapors, do not use carpet in these areas.

Tests & Treatments

There are many treatments and tests that can help decrease or eliminate one's reaction to allergens, in addition to avoidance. Some of which include comprehensive allergy testing in order to identify exactly what effects you and how, immunotherapy to build up a tolerance to allergens and/or a bronchoscopy which is designed to evaluate the airways of the lung and obtain samples for testing. 

The allergy professionals at Jefferson Health are dedicated to discovering and treating the allergens that effect you.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please note upcoming immunotherapy schedule changes:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019: 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2019:  9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 2019: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Make An Appointment

Allergies do not have to be debilitating - speak to someone today about testing and treatment. 

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or make an appointment online.

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