Allergy & Immunology

Looking for an allergist / immunologist in San Diego?

Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups is your source for a list of San Diego’s most qualified allergy and immunology specialists. An allergist / immunologist is a physician specialist with advanced training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of allergies and allergy-induced asthma. Allergists also have specialized training in immunologic disorders including primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD).

Allergies are one of the most common chronic conditions worldwide, but symptoms range from mild discomfort to the risk of death. An allergic reaction typically causes symptoms in the nose, sinuses, ears, throat, lungs, lining of the stomach, or on the skin. In some cases, allergies can also trigger asthmatic symptoms. A very small percentage of people may also experience anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction resulting in a range of symptoms including skin rash or hives, throat swelling, and low blood pressure. Some of the most common allergens include: pollen, dust, food, insect stings/bites, plants, medications, and latex.

San Diego’s mild seasons and nearly year-round sunshine can be a big problem for allergy sufferers. An allergy / immunology specialist can properly diagnose your condition and recommend a management and/or treatment plan to help you live a more comfortable and healthy life. Allergists routinely perform and interpret a variety of diagnostic procedures including: allergy testing (skin testing and laboratory testing), lung function testing for asthma, food and drug reaction testing, allergy shots (immunotherapy), and immune system testing. If you’re experiencing symptoms that you suspect may be caused by allergens, you should see a doctor specializing in allergy and immunology to discuss the best treatment options for you.

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies usually affect your eyes, nose, and lungs. The most common seasonal allergens are dust, pollen, trees, and grass.

Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing & coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
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Life-Threatening Reactions & Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction. People who have had it before should carry emergency medicine, such as an EpiPen.

Although uncommon, the most frequent triggers of anaphylaxis are:

  • Drugs / medications
  • Food allergies
  • Insect bites & stings
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Allergy Tests & Treatments

Skin testing is a safe way for your doctor to confirm the cause of your allergy symptoms. Depending on your results, there may be many treatment options to consider.

Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are an effective option for certain conditions, such as:

  • Allergy to pollen & dust
  • Allergy to pet dander
  • Allergy to mold
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Doctors who can help

 

Maryam Zarei, MD

Allergy & Immunology

 

Bernard A. Feigenbaum, MD

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Brian D. Stone, MD

Allergy & Immunology

 

Michael J. Welch, MD

Allergy & Immunology

 

Nancy K. Ostrom, MD

Allergy & Immunology

 

Alex J. Mercandetti, MD

Allergy & Immunology

 

Alexander N. Greiner, MD

Allergy & Immunology