Allergy

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from various types of allergies, and that number continues to grow each year. It is among the most common diseases, and yet many neglect to have the condition treated by a certified allergist. While there is no absolute cure, an Allergist or an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor can offer treatment options that have been proven to help relieve many of the worst symptoms.

The Iowa Clinic is the only medical group in Central Iowa with an Allergist/Clinical Immunologist working side-by-side with a team of board certified Ear, Nose & Throat physicians. Our team approach allows us to diagnose and treat all types of allergic and immunologic conditions in adults and children. If you or a member of your family suffers from allergies (environmental, seasonal, food etc.), skin disorders (hives, swelling, eczema) or chronic sinus problems, we encourage you to make an appointment with a specialist at The Iowa Clinic.

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Main Locations

The Iowa Clinic West Des Moines Campus

(515) 875-9450
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Methodist Medical Center – Plaza I

(515) 875-9450
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1212 Pleasant Street, Suite 410
Des Moines, IA 50309

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The Iowa Clinic Ankeny Campus

(515) 875-9450
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1410 SW Tradition Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023

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Patient Information

The Iowa Clinic Allergy Department specializes in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of allergies. We have a team approach, offering an Allergist and Clinical Immunologist along with our board certified ENT specialists (Otolaryngologists). The physicians and staff in our allergy center are committed to helping you manage your reactions with proper prevention and treatment.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies involve a strong response of the body’s immune system. The immune system is a complex system that functions to protect the body from foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. Allergens are foreign to the body so they oftentimes cause allergic reactions. Such a response occurs as a result of exposure to common substances like pollen, mold, animal dander, dust mites or food. The body’s response is exaggerated as it actively recognizes the substance as being foreign. Consequently, an arm of its immune system automatically generates what it deems to be the appropriate response. Unfortunately, this response often causes significant discomfort.

Should I Be Worried About Allergies?

About two in ten adults suffers from allergies. Overall, between ten and thirty percent of the total population of the industrialized world is negatively impacted by allergic conditions. Unfortunately, this number has increased over time and is likely to continue increasing in the future. While some people outgrow their allergies over time, it is possible for allergies to develop at any age. Even older adults can develop an allergy that they did not suffer from during their childhood, teenage or young adult years. While one’s environment typically dictates allergy development, the risk of an allergic condition is heightened if one has a family history of allergies. Those with parents or siblings who suffer from allergies are especially prone.

If you fail to obtain professional treatment for your allergies, you could end up suffering from a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. When this occurs, the entire body suffers an allergic reaction that causes wheezing/shortness of breath, a hoarse or tight throat, itching all over the body, hives or tingling along the hands, feet, scalp and lips. Anaphylaxis can lead to death in the most extreme situations.

Don’t run the risk of an anaphylactic episode that results in a trip to the emergency room or worse. Consult with our allergy professionals today to develop an allergy treatment plan that relieves your pain and discomfort.

Types of Allergies

In terms of specific allergies, nasal allergies called allergic rhinitis impact about twenty percent of all Americans. This common problem leads to an incredible economic strain. When the costs of prescriptions, visits to physicians and missed days of school and work are added up, the cost of allergic disease tops $3 billion per year. Asthma impacts around ten percent of the United States’ population. Food allergies are on the rise. They currently affect about five percent of all children in the United States. Overall, food allergies impact only 2 percent of adults within the country.

 

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Services & Treatments

Although allergies are becoming more common, treatment is available. The Iowa Clinic’s team approach with an Allergist and Clinical Immunologist working with a team of ENT specialists makes us a one of a kind resource for patients in Central Iowa. If you suffer from an itchy or runny nose, excessive sneezing, hives, rashes, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, swelling and/or pain, don’t suffer in silence, reach out to us for help.

We evaluate and treat patients with seasonal allergies, hives, recurrent infections, sublingual immunotherapy and possible immunodeficiencies. Iowa Clinic allergy physicians also conduct allergy vaccine immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, in addition to infection vaccinations.

We also provide leading pediatric allergy care for infants and children of all ages. Pediatric allergies come in a variety of forms and can be caused by anything from dust mites and pet dander, children also have allergic reactions to food and medicine. The adverse reactions to food and medication allergies can come in many forms, including skin irritations, respiratory troubles, stomach issues, chills and sweats, and much more. You will work with our team of allergy specialists to find the best plan to alleviate your child’s allergic sensitivities.

Common Symptoms of Child Food Allergies:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Itchy red skin
  • Rash and/or hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Mouth swelling, including lips and tongue

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Main Locations

The Iowa Clinic West Des Moines Campus

(515) 875-9450
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Get Directions

Methodist Medical Center – Plaza I

(515) 875-9450
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1212 Pleasant Street, Suite 410
Des Moines, IA 50309

Get Directions

The Iowa Clinic Ankeny Campus

(515) 875-9450
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1410 SW Tradition Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023

Get Directions