Allergy & Asthma Clinic in San Mateo, CA
Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic has board-certified allergists offering diagnostics, testing, and treatment of a wide range of allergic conditions, including food allergy, asthma, hay fever, pollen allergy, pet allergy, drug allergy, hives, and much more. Please call our allergy & asthma clinic in San Mateo at (650) 832-9232 or visit us at 101 S San Mateo Drive, Suite 311, San Mateo, CA 94401.
Over 3,500 people die from asthma each year. Many individuals who have asthma also suffer from allergies, which can also trigger severe symptoms. Non-asthmatic allergic patients can experience great seasonal discomfort and can benefit greatly from seeing one of our board-certified allergists. We simplify the process for both adults and children to get help for any of these conditions at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, serving San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, Burlingame, San Carlos, CA and the nearby region.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, resulting in breathing difficulty. Often times, allergens may be the source of such asthma triggers. A typical asthma attack may bring on symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, gasping for air, and tightness in the chest.
What are allergies?
Allergies are caused when the immune system triggers a response to an innocuous substance a person’s body sees as harmful. A person may have allergies to food, airborne particles from the environment or animals, insect bites, chemicals, or medications. Symptoms vary based on the severity and type of allergy. For example, a person with an allergy to pollen may experience sneezing, a runny nose, or itchy eyes. It may also affect a person’s ability to breathe well, especially if they have asthma. A food allergy could cause a person to break out in hives, experience edema of the lips, face, tongue & throat, experience itchy/watery eyes, or have digestive issues such as nausea/vomiting, stomach cramps & diarrhea.
How does a practitioner diagnose asthma?
Your physician will begin the diagnosis process by interviewing you about the nature and frequency of symptoms you experience on a daily basis. Our practitioner will then listen to you breathe and perform a lung function test called spirometry. If deemed necessary, further testing may be warranted such as blood work, x-rays or CT scans.
How does a practitioner diagnose allergies?
Diagnosing allergies begins with our allergist gathering comprehensive data regarding your medical history. Following this, our specialist will inquire about any suspected triggers in your environment and/or diet, and how frequently contact with these allergens are made. Our specialist will then inquire about specific symptoms experienced upon contact. While this information alone can provide an accurate diagnosis, many times it is not clear when there are multiple suspects.
In such cases, a skin or blood test would be helpful to further assess your case. A skin prick test consists of our practitioner placing drops if the allergen on your skin and pricking the extracts into skin to check for immediate reaction. A blood test, on the other hand, detects the allergen-specific level of antibody ( IgE) present in your system at a given point in time.
How does a practitioner treat asthma and allergies?
Our practitioners provide a unique and customized approach to treating allergies and asthma depending on medical history and severity. After your initial evaluation, our allergy and asthma specialists craft a highly specific treatment plan to meet your needs. If you have asthma, we can provide advice on ways to manage the condition and improve your quality of life. We may need to treat your underlying allergies that could be triggering the asthma. Our staff will also be able to determine if your current asthma treatment plan is effective or needs optimization.
If you have allergies triggering your asthma, we may perform one of our desensitization treatments. Since airborne environmental particles often trigger asthma, we’ll use intralymphatic or subcutaneous immunotherapy. During both of these treatments, you receive an injection – either in the lymphatic system or under your skin – comprised of a small amount of your allergen. We gradually inject you with increasing amounts until you build up a tolerance to that allergen and its presence no longer triggers symptoms.
Why should you visit our allergy and asthma clinic in San Mateo?
Columbia Asthma & Allergy has experienced allergy and asthma specialists and medical staff who specialize in caring for people with asthma and allergies. Genuinely, we believe covering up the problem isn’t enough, so we get to the root of your issues. Our doctors utilize ways that’ll treat the issue for a lifetime, which eliminates or significantly reduces your need for medications.
Additionally, our staff truly cares. Therefore, we answer all your questions and make you feel confident in your treatment.