Allergy & Immunology
Allergy and Immunology providers within the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute – Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health have the simple goal of providing the best possible medical care for you. We treat each patient with the high quality, compassionate care they deserve.
We collaborate with radiologists, thoracic surgeons, other pulmonologists, and specialists with the intention of providing multidisciplinary comprehensive care to you.
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 allergic to, and how sensitive you are.
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: It is 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.
Coronavirus or Allergies?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is happening at the same time as many seasonal allergies. How can you tell the difference?
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak occurring at the same time as many seasonal allergies, some of the symptoms (including coughing and runny nose) may be a cause for concern. If you are only experiencing congestion, sneezing, wheezing, itchy nose and throat, itchy eyes and ears, sinus congestion and/or post-nasal drip these are signs of seasonal allergies. However, if you have symptoms that include fever, shortness of breath, body ache, fatigue, sore throat, gastrointestinal upset, loss of taste, loss of smell and/or conjunctivitis you may have COVID-19.
Tests & Treatments
In addition to avoiding allergy triggers, many treatments and tests can help decrease or eliminate your reaction to allergens. These include:
- Comprehensive allergy testing in order to identify exactly what affects you and how
- Immunotherapy to build up a tolerance to allergens
- Bronchoscopy, which is designed to evaluate the airways of the lung and obtain samples for testing
Allergy Shot Schedule
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Allergen Immunotherapy & Shot Administration Schedule effective 3/30/2020:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.*
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.*
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
*Therapeutic injections including allergen immunotherapy given, but by appointment only. Please call our office to schedule (215)-955-7410.
Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, please call before any appointment for allergen immunotherapy.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you can use JeffConnect® for a telehealth consult with a Jefferson doctor through your cell phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam.
We all look forward to resolution of the current difficulties and patients’ return to a normal schedule, as well as wishing you all good health. Telehealth calls may be scheduled with Drs. Ford or Fung if you need to review your treatment plan.
Allergies do not have to be debilitating. This information might help you understand the condition:
For more education materials on respiratory conditions, visit our Patient Education section.
Make an Appointment
If you would like to make an appointment with pulmonology, please call 215-955-5161, Allergy & Immunology at 215-955-7410, or make an appointment online below. You may also speak with a call center representative at 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) for more information.