Allergist in Bay Area, CA
If you are looking for an allergist near you, then you have found the right place. Come to Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinics. We are located all around you in Bay Area. Our locations include Fremont, San Mateo, Oakland, Redwood City, San Leandro, and Sunnyvale, CA. Schedule your appointment with the top allergists near you.
When you suffer through chronic allergies to environmental factors or certain foods, it can negatively impact your daily life. At Columbia Asthma & Allergy in Northern California, we are committed to helping our patients find relief from their allergy symptoms, so they can continue living their life the way they want to while supporting their total-body health. We offer comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnosis and treatment at 6 convenient locations throughout Northern California, so you can find an allergist close to you when you need one.
What exactly is an allergist?
An allergist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and management of allergies. At Columbia Asthma & Allergy, our board-certified physicians have decades of combined experience treating patients who suffer from all types of allergic reactions. Their knowledge and expertise make each of them a powerful ally for patients looking for a path toward a healthier, happier life free from the aggravation and discomfort of common allergic reactions.
How do you test for which allergies I have?
There are several common tests that may be utilized to understand your allergic conditions. For allergies that generally trigger allergic reactions on the surface of the skin, patch testing can help identify the causes of contact dermatitis experienced by our patients. Patch testing is a simple and effective method of determining which allergens may be triggering rashes or hives when you come in contact with them. Patch testing generally takes a few days to a week, as you wear the patch to see how your skin reacts.
A skin prick test is a common allergy testing method that involves depositing small amounts of potential allergens into the skin through a small needle. This testing is done during a single appointment as your allergist will monitor your immediate reaction to the substances that are introduced to your skin. Your allergic reactions to these compounds is typically rated on a scale of 0-5, allowing your doctor to specifically determine which allergens cause the most harm.
What is desensitization and can it help me?
Desensitization, also called allergen immunotherapy, is a process by which you and your doctor will slowly introduce certain allergens into your body in increasingly larger amounts. This process allows your body to alter its immune response to these allergens, eventually helping build an appropriate immunity that can lessen or altogether stop your allergic reactions to these substances. At Columbia Asthma & Allergy, we offer desensitization protocols for medication allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies, so that we can help you live your life day-to-day without fear of allergic reactions to common substances. Allergen desensitization should only be performed under the supervision of a certified allergist, so as to avoid complications or extreme reactions in the case of a too-large dose of the targeted allergens.
No matter what you are allergic to or the extent of your allergies, the certified allergists at Columbia Asthma & Allergy can help you find relief. With 6 convenient clinics located throughout Northern California, we offer unprecedented care and support for patients suffering from medication allergies, food sensitivities, and environmental reactions to substances such as tree pollen and dust. If you are tired of suffering through your allergies or relying on ineffective over-the-counter medication, skip the self-diagnosis and call Columbia Asthma & Allergy today to schedule your first appointment. We can help you overcome your allergic symptoms and live a happier life free from allergic discomfort.