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Allergy and Immunology Wellness & Diagnostic Services

A Wellness Approach

Most people think of seeing their doctor only when they are sick or have an allergic reaction or asthma flare-up. We believe our patients should have regular check-ups even when they are feeling well.

At Dean Medical Group, we don't treat just your allergy or asthma symptoms. We work with you to manage your overall wellness, as the best preventative medicine. Fine-tuning your wellness plan during each check-up assures better control of your condition, and helps prevent serious flare-ups.

Specialized Services

Our specialized services include the following.

Allergy Testing and Treatment

We need to identify the allergens responsible for your symptoms in order to decide on a treatment plan that will be successful. We will develop a case history of your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical and family background.

You will need to answer many questions to help us understand what triggers your symptoms. Based on your case history, your doctor will decide what tests, if any will be carried out. Depending on the severity of your sensitivity to certain allergens, your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment option that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Allergy Desensitization Therapy

This therapy stimulates the immune system by introducing gradually increasing doses of the substances you are allergic to into your system. The goal is to change the way your body reacts to those allergens. This immunotherapy, usually administered by injection ("allergy shots") is very effective for treating allergies to:

  • Pollen
  • Mites
  • Stinging insects, such as bees, hornets, yellow jackets, wasps, velvet ants and fire ants
  • Cats

Allergy desensitization therapy may take up to one year to become effective and injections may be required for 3-5 years.

Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment

Our doctors will determine if you have asthma, and its severity, based on your symptoms and further test results. He/she will work with you to develop a treatment plan with these goals:

  • Fewer or no asthma symptoms
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Exercise without asthma symptoms
  • Use "relief" medicine (short-acting bronchodillators) minimally
  • No side effects from asthma medicine
  • Peak flow measurements within 20% variation
  • No emergency room visits or hospitalizations due to asthma
  • No time off from work or school due to asthma

Regular wellness visits are part of your treatment program, to fine-tune your treatment and prevent flare-ups of your condition.

Immunodeficiency Evaluations

When the immune system does not work properly, a person is more likely to suffer from frequent and longer lasting infections. A simple sore throat or cold for someone with immunodeficiency disorders will often lead to severe or frequent bacterial infections, most commonly bronchitis, sinusitis, and ear infections (otitis). Our specialists provide comprehensive evaluations for children and adults.

Pulmonary Function Testing

We monitor the lung capacity of our asthma patients very carefully. We measure:

  • How much air volume can be moved in and out of the lungs
  • How fast the air in the lungs can be moved in and out
  • How elastic are the lungs and chest wall
  • How the lung membranes allow gas to move through
  • How the lungs are responding to medication

Patient Education and Support

The more you know about your condition, the better you can manage and control it. Our highly trained staff guide patients through each clinic visit, and provide coaching and resources needed for staying healthy.

We encourage you to call when you have medical questions or are worried about your condition. We will also take the time to discuss your concerns during any clinic visit and provide the information you need.

Take the Next Step

If you would like to schedule an appointment with an allergist for one of the services listed above, please visit the specialists page to find a physician that best meets your needs.

Highlighted Educational Programs - Allergy and Immunology

The following interactive programs are approved by Dean Medical Group and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison, and available in our Allergy and Immunology area.

• Asthma 
• Asthma Action Plans 
• Asthma and Exercise 
• Asthma and House Dust 
• Asthma and Pets 
• Asthma and Smoke 
• Asthma and Strong Smells 
• Asthma Nebulizer (Adult) 
• Asthma Peak Flow Meter 
• Cold and Flu Season 
• Dry Powder Disc Inhaler 
• Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)
• Thinking About Quitting Smoking
• Using a Dry Powder Disc Inhaler (DPI) - For Kids 17 and Younger 
• Using a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) - For Kids 17 and Younger 
• Your Child's Nebulizer

See our full library of interactive programs, which features more than 80 programs approved by our physicians so you can make smarter decisions about your health.

Want to Better Understand Your Child's Asthma?

We invite you to watch an educational video about childhood asthma, produced by the Dean Foundation. 

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