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Internal Medicine / Allergy and Immunology/Asthma and Allergy Center: About Us

Patients of The Asthma and Allergy Center, located in west St. Louis County are treated by one of three board certified asthma and allergy specialists, and have access to asthma educators and other pulmonary and allergyspecialists.

FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL: (314) 996-8670 or 1-800-243-LUNG (toll free)

They treat children and adults with:

  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Food allergies
  • Chronic or acute urticaria (hives)
  • Excema
  • Allergic reactions to drugs
    They also treat patients with allergic reactions to fungi (mold). Other services offered include:
    • Drug Desensitizations
    • Allergy Skin Testing
    • Drug Allergy Skin Testing
    • Independent Medical Evaluations (IME) for allergy or immunoligically related problems.
    • Infusions
    • Comp PFT

    When should people with asthma be referred to a specialist ?

    Most patients who have mild to moderate asthma may be managed successfully by their primary care physicians.

    Moderate to severe asthma, however, may be more challenging for primary care doctors, in part because their schedules may not permit the time required to deliver specialized care or undertake advanced pulmonary function testing.

    Specialists not only are set up to evaluate more severe asthma, they are experienced in modifying therapy to accommodate special situations; they educate patients about asthma, follow patients' progress, and act as co-managers with the referring primary care doctor.

    Asthma can be very different from one person to another and from one episode (attack) to another. For some, asthma causes only mild symptoms once in a while. For others, every day can be a struggle to breathe.

    Referral to a specialist should be considered when:

    • The asthma interferes with an individual’s patient’s quality of life. This could be signaled by loss of sleep, seven or more absences from school, more than one doctor’s visit every two months for asthma treatment, more than one steroid burst per six months, or more than one asthma-related hospitalization per two years.
    • A child experiences an asthmatic episode resulting in loss of consciousness, a seizure or respiratory failure.
    • A youngster experiences asthma episodes clearly associated with exposure to specific allergens.

     













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